AP2HI Code of Conduct (2016)

Code of Conduct


Asosiasi Perikanan Pole & Line dan Handline Indonesia

(Indonesian Pole & Line and Handline Fisheries Association)


Understand that tuna fisheries management has to be based on sustainable and responsible fishing practice.

Refer to CCRF FAO as guidance in implementing sustainable and responsible fishing practice.

Adhere to Indonesia goverment regulation applied on Fishery Management Area related to Tuna Fishery Management.

Consider resolution and CMM published by RFMO.

Study verified publications from researchers around the world.

Remember the AD/ART of AP2HI Indonesia Pole & Line and Handline.

Agree that, there is need to build Code of Conduct on Tuna and Cakalang fishery utilization for AP2HI that covered:

Fishing Vessel and Fishing Gear

  1. Record of Fishing Vessel and Record of Active Fishing Vessel. Each member must register any owned or contracted pole-and-line and handline fishing and carrier vessel, including information on the fishing gears, on the Record Fishing Vessel and Record of Active Fishing Vessel
  2. Each member that owns or contracts a vessel must have a license and certificate  (SIPI, SIKPI, and SIPR) adhering to Indonesia law and regulation
  3. Each member must guarantee that its fishing vessel (owned or contracted) has proper baitfish storage to minimise the mortality rate
  4. Each member must conduct good handling practice on board to ensure good quality result
  5. Each member must ensure that all vessels that supply fish to its company are listed and certified in Indonesian Law and Regulation.

Boat Operating and Fishing Gear

  1. Each member must guarantee that all pole-and-line and handline fishing vessels  take measures to prevent catching sharks, sea turtles, dolphins and sea birds. If any are caught by accident, they should be released alive immediately, or landed whole at the port
  2. Member must take measures to prevent catching juvenile fish and those under 1 kg
  3. Members should not fish in protected or conservation areas, according to law and regulation
  4. Each member should emphasize not to accept fish from Purse Seine although from the same company, in order to avoid bias in tracebility and ecolable scoring
  5. Each member must agree to their fishing or supplier vessels having onboard observers as requested in Indonesian Law and Regulation
  6. Members should ensure their supplier carry on log book program as requested by Indonesian government
  7. Encourage member to coordinate with each other when doing business with other member’s supplier

Baitfish Supply

  1. Members must not catch baitfish in conservation or protected areas appointed by law and regulation
  2. Members are encouragesd to develop efforts in baitfish aquaculture in order to offset limited supply of baitfish
  3. Members should encourage the development of baitfish fisherman group that conduct fry fishing through culture based fisheries with community based management.

Handling and Processing Tuna and Cakalang

  1. Members are forbidden from buying fish caught by irresponsible fishing practices such as illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU Fishing)
  2. Members should prioritize buying fish from member fishing vessels
  3. Members should avoid buying fish under 1 kg weight
  4. Members are encouraged to train and facilitate their supplier fisherman
  5. Members should give premium price for raw material among other members compared to buyers from outside AP2HI
  6. Members should guarantee to produce good quality product.

Fishery Improvement Program

  1. Members must fully support the ongoing Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) and the assessment process for the fishery to be Marine Stewardship Council certified
  2. Each member must actively participate in improving access to sustainable market
  3. Members must actively participate in improving the effectiveness of management at the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)
  4. Members must ensure the sustainability stock of skipjack tuna
  5. Members must actively participate in law enforcement on illegal fishing activities
  6. Members must support the development and implementation of good fishery management
  7. Members must facilitate data collection, which is essential for stock assessment and exploitation monitoring.
  8. Members must attend activities related to the sustainability of the fishery and support preparation phase to eco-label certificate along with all stakeholders: government, fisherman, industry, and community.
  9. Members must support port sampling and other data collection programs  required by Indonesian government
  10. Members must support the improvement of fish quality.

Human Resource Development Program

AP2HI understands the importance of improving human resource quality, therefore  members are encouraged to participate in related training activities.

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