KKP Collaborates with MDPI for Small-Scale Fisheries Management
JAKARTA – Yayasan Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI) is collaborating with the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) in increasing the role of small-scale fishermen in implementing responsible-fisheries management practices. MDPI takes opportunity from market forces to achieve this for tuna fisheries. MDPI is well known as a non-profit organisation that provides assistance to small-scale fishermen, especially handline tuna fishermen in Eastern Indonesia. Currently, MDPI has 11 sites in six provinces (Maluku, North Maluku, North Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara).
The collaboration between the KKP and MDPI is stated in a joint agreement or Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed at the KKP office in Jakarta on Friday, December 7, 2018. The KKP Secretary General, Nilanto Perbowo, and MDPI Executive Director, Saut Tampubolon, will be the representatives to sign the document. A number of MDPI’s partners in small-scale fisheries and representatives from other KKP departments will also attend the signing ceremony.
The main aspects of the collaboration that MDPI Executive Director Saut Tampubolon highlights include: strengthening data collection with the use of technology; supporting information needs to demonstrate Indonesia’s improved compliance with the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC); continuing institutional strengthening, or Penguatan Kelembagaan, which MDPI is conducting through the establishment of Fisheries Data Management Committees. “In these committees, we involve all stakeholders, from local governments, small fishermen, suppliers, to academics”, said Saut.
Another aspect in the collaboration is regarding technology development. It is a valuable tool to facilitate transparency in supply chain traceability. So far, MDPI has developed several technologies to support this traceability. Among them is an application called Trafiz, which serves to help and facilitate middlemen in recording transactions with fishermen. The application can be installed on cellular phones also helps middlemen to be more efficient in conducting transactions because they no longer using books for record keeping. The TraceTales system was also developed by MDPI (under a USAID Oceans grant), and is a system for improving traceability in the fish processing unit.
The agreement also includes supporting Harvest Strategy development for Archipelagic Waters to comply with compatibility requirements with the WCPFC management of tuna stocks. While the latest coverage is about strengthening international market access for Indonesian products from small fishermen. “This includes fulfilling fisheries management standards adopted in fisheries product certification by highlighting the role of small fishermen at the global level,” Saut continued.
In addition to conducting activities related to data collection and the implementation of technology in supply chains of small-scale fisheries, MDPI also implements the Fair Trade USA Capture Fisheries Standard in Maluku and North Maluku. In fact, the Fair Trade Fisher Associations on Buru Island (Maluku) were the first in the world to achieve Fair Trade certification for a seafood product, for yellow-fin tuna. To date, Fair Trade fishermen have received Premium Fund amount, totaling around 3,7 billion rupiahs. (*)
The cooperation area will cover the provinces of Maluku, North Maluku, North Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara and will be valid for a period of three years. MDPI looks forward to further strengthened collaboration with KKP on issues related to small-scale fisheries.
Written by: Mohammad Syifa