In order to improve the management of tuna fishing industry in Indonesia, a group of government, industry, NGO representatives, local fishermen, and fisheries experts teamed up to identify and discuss the main tasks associated with the Indonesian tuna Fisheries Improvement Program (FIP). The workshop and technical meeting also aimed to boost the human resource capacity of FIP stakeholders.
The participants of the FIP stakeholder capacity building workshop
FIPs have been adopted in many countries, to improve the status of their fisheries, such as the Bahamas with lobster, Ecuador with Mahi-mahi, Mexico with grouper, Florida with Pink Shrimp, and Indonesia with tuna fisheries, Blue swimming crab and Reef fish. The programs are designed to improve fisheries management with the ultimate goal of achieveing Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, a standard assessment in sustainable fisheries management.
The workshop was organized by WWF Indonesia in cooperation with WWF USA and held on 28th-29th September 2015 in Puri Dalem Hotel Sanur, Bali, followed by a four-day FIP Technical workshop at the WWF Bali office. The objective of the technical training workshops was to provide a deeper understanding of the three FIP principles, namely:
- improvement in stock status
- minimizing the fishery impact on the ecosystem
- Good management at the government level – with particular focus on the problems and the solutions that will improve the situation of the fishery management.
“In the future, stakeholders will collaborate to drive forward FIP activities in Indonesia, and create solutions with the government for the issues that have not been resolved for example Harvest Control Rules (HCR).” says Tita Nopitawati, AP2HI’s FIP Coordinator.