Human Resource Development Program has been an important aspect that can not be ignored if we are aiming to improve the quality of maritime and fishery sectors. This is firstly stated in article 57 UU No. 31 2004 which was modified into UU No.45 2009 about Fisheries. Based on that, it is crucial to have strategic ways to strenghten human resources, espesially the fishermen. Thus, this development program has become one of the strategies in improving the maritime and fishery sectors.
AP2HI has currently trained 303 pole and line and handline fishermen that are under supervision of our member companies. This training was held in Bitung, Bacan, and Ambon and it started from November 25th up to December 2nd. This program will be resumed on January 2016 in Sorong and Larantuka.
The participants of the training held in Bitung were the supplying fishermen for PT. Chen Woo Fishery and PT. Bintang Mandiri Bersaudara. Those attending the training in Bacan were supplying fishermen for PT. Nutrindo Freshfood International while the participants attending the training in Ambon were the supplying fishermen for PT. Aneka Sumber Tata bahari. In addition, AP2HI also cooperated with DKP (Departement of Marine and Fisheries) Bitung and PPS (Ocean Fishery Port) Bitung to provide training for a number of pole&line and handline fishermen domiciled in Bitung.
Through this program, the fishermen were given training about better practice of onboard fish handling techniques, to ensure the quality, and efficiency tips on the use of baits. Fishermen were also encouraged to implement the code of conduct of eco-friendly fishery practice. This includes no cutting shark fins onboard and living the rest of the body parts in the ocean and hoping that the fishermen have enough information to have the awareness to release endangered and law-protected species back to the sea. In the end, the fishermen learned how to fill up the catch data form as the effort to provide transparent haul report.
It is expected that this training can improve their knowledge so that they are able to compete in the world’s fishery market in terms of fishery management quality and sustainable fishery practice which in turn lead to the eco-label standard that has been a tranding regime in the world nowadays.
Pole-and-line and handline are known to be an eco-friendly fishing gears that are commonly used in Indonesia to catch tuna and skipjack and it can play a big role in Indonesian fisheries. Therefore, this improvement program can help contributing in the national economy development in the global market if it is well managed.