Asosiasi Perikanan Pole&Line dan Handline Indonesia (AP2HI), in cooperation with the Agency for Human Resources Development of Marine and Fisheries (BPSDMKP), have been working together to develop a curriculum to improve responsible and sustainable practices in pole-and-line and hand-line fisheries. The training modules are related to outcomes required for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, an internationally recognised standard in fisheries management and sustainability.
The Marine and Fisheries Training Center (Pusat Pelatihan Kelautan dan Perikanan or Puslat) of BPSDMKP has a pre-existing curriculum on pole-and-line fishing, focussing on technical aspects such as product quality and methodology.
As part of AP2HI’s work, we have been developing a curriculum for the Training of Trainers (ToT) programme, to be taught to pole-and-line and hand-line fishers throughout Indonesia. David Itano and Dr. Anthony Lewis, experts from the International Pole & Line Foundation provided AP2HI with specific supporting material related to the Indonesian fisheries and knowledge gained from the experience of the Maldives pole-and-line fisheries. With regards to handline specific aspects of the curriculum, Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI) have provided information and support to AP2HI, alongside some information from Balai Besar Pengembangan Penangkapan Ikan (BBPPI), of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries.
It was hoped that this additional material could be added to the pre-existing PUSLAT curriculum, but as that is reviewed by expert adjudicators every three years, this has not been possible.
As a result, AP2HI have separately developed the ToT curriculum from the additional information, which has been tailored to incrase awareness of sustainability issues to fishermen, thus bringing Indonesia’s fisheries closer to MSC certification. AP2HI will direct trainees towards the PUSLAT curriculum where appropriate and will continue to work closely with PUSLAT, hoping these new ideas will be added into national programs in the future.