Where We Work

MDPI has deep experience in fisheries management across Eastern Indonesia, with current implementation activities in six provinces. We work to secure real and robust long-term results in the communities we engage in through training and local champion empowerment. Click on the location below for more information about MDPI’s programs and activities on each site.

Site Profile

Denpasar, Bali Province

Denpasar, Bali Province

MDPI's Head Office is located in Denpasar, the capital of Bali, Indonesia. Since establishment in 2013, the majority of administrative, planning, and coordination responsibilities for the organization have been carried out here. While MDPI does not work alongside communities in Bali, it currently has 18 staff based here that provide technical backstopping for various programs across MDPI's sites in 6 provinces.

North Minahasa, North Sulawesi Province

North Minahasa, North Sulawesi Province

Located in the Celebes Sea off the northwest coast of Sulawesi, North Minahasa is strategically located between Manado City and Port City Bitung. Our activities in North Minahasa began in 2018 where this site supports evidence-based co-management through data collection on small-scale fisheries, capacity building of fishers to enable involvement in management discussions, and piloting technology-based traceability. Currently, the work area covers 2 villages and 1 landing site with 2 site-based staff. The outcomes of MDPI’s work bring direct support for approximately 25 fishers and local community members. In 2021, North Minahasa has started the program to empower coastal community members and enable supporting sustainable fisheries through the community organization program.

Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara Province

Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara Province

Lombok island becomes our data collection’s scope of work also the meeting place for stakeholders and fishers to held the knowledge-sharing program. Since started the activities in 2012, we have been improving the fisheries management of Lombok fishers through data collection to develop tuna management. After more than 8 years, we have supported approximately 151 fishers in 2 villages with 4 staff working on the site. In 2021, Lombok has started the program to empower coastal community members through fisheries community organization.

Morotai, North Maluku Province

Morotai, North Maluku Province

Situated in the northeast of the Halmahera archipelago, Morotai is one of the northernmost islands in Indonesia. The Morotai Regency does not comprise only 1 island, but it is composed of 1 big island with 32 islands spreading around. The background of our work in Morotai is to support the Lumbung Ikan Nasional (national fishery resource) and tuna management plan as well as the fact that its fishery resources’ plays important role in the supply chain. Because Morotai has many significant fishing grounds for yellowfin tuna, the emphasis is on the tuna fishing programs. MDPI’s activities in Morotai currently covering 2 villages and directly supporting approximately 49 fishers. With the presence of many industry partners and a push into the MSC certification, we were trying to work on the development of a good data collection to meet the eco-label standard.

Buru, Maluku Province

Buru, Maluku Province

Buru is a regency in Maluku Province that became the initial implementation of all MDPI’s works, including data collection, community organization, and certification programs. Our working area spans 10 villages, 9 landing sites, and 14 fisher associations, directly supporting 250+ fishers. Since the beginning of fishery management activities in 2013, we have successfully catalyzed 139 Buru fishers, 6 suppliers, 3 processors, and more than 100 community members alike. Buru is the first MDPI working site that got the US Fair Trade certification and Marine Steward Council (MSC) certification in May 2020. The whole suite of MDPI’s fisheries and programmatic interventions are conducted in Buru, where MDPI has gained a local reputation as a trusted partner.

Bone, South Sulawesi Province

Bone, South Sulawesi Province

Established in 2012, our work in Bone Regency focused on supporting the improvement of small-scale fisheries through some activities such as port sampling co-management, community capacity building, and a supportive role to government in management development. The result of our program has catalyzed 2 villages, 2 landing sites, and directly supporting approximately 85 fishers to build a better awareness of sustainability in their fishing activity. The program also improves the availability of information about the nature of small-scale fisheries in Indonesia, allowing their integration into management planning. In 2021, Bone has started the community organization program implementation to expand the work scope in enabling community awareness of sustainable fishery.

Sula, North Maluku Province

Sula, North Maluku Province

Also known as Sulabesi (Sulabes), Sula is part of the Sula Islands Regency, extending from north to south below Mangole Island. Sula island has a potential for its abundant tuna, therefore, we focused the implementation of sustainable fishery program on Fair Trade and data collection. Our work in Sula was established in 2018 covering 1 village, 1 landing site and give direct support to 110+ fishers. The development has now grown with support from MDPI for MSC expansion in 2021 as another achievement of eco-label to increase catch standards in sustainable ways.

Ternate, North Maluku Province

Ternate, North Maluku Province

Ternate Island is where the former capital city of North Maluku, Ternate city, is located. MDPI’s activities in Ternate that started in 2018 were purposely established to expand the Fair Trade implementation and data collection in North Maluku. Our implementation program of sustainable fisheries in Ternate including improvement of catching standards through the expansions of MSC certification in 2021. As the result, we started to see many improvements in fishery management of 82 fishermen, 3 suppliers, 1 processor, and 100+ community members. Currently, our working area covering 5 villages, 3 landing sites, 5 fisher associations, and directly supporting 160+ fishermen in Ternate and Tobelo

Seram, Maluku Province

Seram, Maluku Province

Located in the southern area, Seram is the second biggest island in Maluku province, also become a vibrant site of all MDPI’s intervention. Seram Island comprises 3 regencies with 4 big ports and some small ports to support general activities. We started our work in 2015 during the beginning of the Fair Trade Standard implementation, spanning 6 villages and 10 landing sites. The result of our activities giving direct support to more than 200 fishers and14 fisher associations. Through various programmatic interventions, in 2021 MDPI is able to support the expansion of MSC into South Seram with 142 vessels' catch now carrying both eco-labels.