MDPI started working in Manado in 2017, supporting 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. In 2020 MDPI began developing a community organization program to empower coastal communities to further support sustainable fisheries, which was also implemented in Minaesa village, North Minahasa. As MDPI work alongside communities, in 2021 the MDPI site office was relocated to Minaesa to help maintain strong relationships and trust from those we work with. Prior to establishing the Manado site, MDPI also worked in Bitung from 2015 to 2020 carrying out data collection and community programs. Moreover, MDPI also expanded its scope of work related to data collection and community in Sangihe from 2017 to 2020.