In order to implement the sustainable fishing practice towards MSC Chain-of-Custody (CoC) standard, we need to develop robust traceability system along the fishing industry supply chains. Most of AP2HI company members have established traceability system at some stage, as they need to have certain information carried along the product flow for trace back purpose. When we want to improve the traceability standard, at first stage we need to conduct a gap analysis. In February – March 2016, IPNLF support AP2HI members in Bitung and Maumere by conducting expert visits (the consultant name was Steve Child) that looked at the gap on traceability inside the companies in order to meet MSC CoC standard.
Furthermore, in the middle of 2016, UNIDO SMART-Fish Indonesia Programme and MDPI also discussed how they can support AP2HI to improve industry traceability, especially on the technical aspect, and then developed joint activities together with AP2HI and IPNLF. The support from UNIDO SMART-Fish Indonesia Programme and MDPI was begun in September 2016. First activity was by inviting MSC CoC consultant from Fishlistic (Peter Trott) to do assessment at nine (9) companies of AP2HI members in Bitung, Kendari, Ambon and Buru. During this assessment, he was not only doing the gap analysis within the companies specifically, but also identified the general type of supply chains occurred within AP2HI members along with its risk factor to the traceability.
Second activity is the discussion from gap analysis result through workshop: “Gap Analysis of Compliance of the Indonesian Hand-line and Pole & Line Tuna Fisheries in Regards to MSC Chain of Custody Standard” that held at Swissbel Hotel Segara, Bali, on Monday, November 7th, 2016. This workshop was attended by AP2HI company members (19 company representatives) and also representatives from government, NGOs and USAID Oceans. At the opening session, Janti Djuari (AP2HI), Ray Chandra Purnama (UNIDO SMART-Fish Indonesia Programme) and Momo Kochen (MDPI) opened the workshop and gave brief introduction on the importance of the workshop.
First session of the workshop was an introduction on what is MSC CoC which presented directly by David Agnew, MSC Science and Standard Director. After that, Peter Trott presented the result of his gap analysis and at last session, the audiences (specially the AP2HI company members) discussed the action plan to reduce the gap of their traceability system.
In general, the gap analysis showed good result, 4 out of 9 company members of AP2HI will likely to pass the MSC CoC audit meanwhile others will need some improvements. The third activity as follow up from consultant works, AP2HI Traceability Coordinator (Heri) will works together within AP2HI members to improve its traceability towards MSC CoC based on Peter Trott recommendations. In this event, some companies who are representatives of the Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) also came at the end of the workshop and have opportunity to introduce their services to AP2HI members. The CABs are Control Union, Intertek, SAI Global, SGS and SCS Global Service.
The work of MSC CoC consultant, the implementation of workshop and future activities by Traceability Coordinator are funded by matching fund that provided by UNIDO SMART-Fish Indonesia Programme and MSC Global Fisheries Sustainable Fund (through MDPI).