In continuing the commitment to sustainable fisheries, a consistent improvement activity is surely needed. For this reason, AP2HI, together with its strategic partner the International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF), continues the FIP program activities in the Southeast Sulawesi region.
At the end of February 2020, AP2HI, which was represented by FIT Coordinator, conducted a survey by visiting a number of mini plants from member companies that supply fish from the area of Southeast Sulawesi and surrounding. Based in PPS Kendari, AP2HI conducted an assessment for the next area of the FIP activity, starting from the fish landing location, the type of operating PL and HL vessels, the use of fishing gear, and the types of fish caught both the main target and the bycatch along with the type of bait used, and observed the fish landing process to the processing stage.
For the implementation of FIP in the Southeast Sulawesi region, AP2HI has recruited a field staff. The FIP implementation will include verification of AP2HI member vessels, port sampling activities, installation of vessel monitoring device and vessel tracking device, coordination to deploy observers on board, and of course intensifying the cooperation with local government and other agencies in the Southeast Sulawesi Province.
The following are AP2HI member companies that will be involved in the FIP activities in Southeast Sulawesi:
- PT. Chen Woo Fishery
- PT. Dharma Samudera Fishing Industry
- PT. Edmar Mandiri Jaya
- PT. Pahala Bahari Nusantara
- PT. Sultratuna Samudera
In order to implement the FIP properly, FIT Coordinator gave the new AP2HI Field Staff with training and experience sharing on:
- procedures for implementing Port Sampling
- identification of target fish, bycatch and bait species
- procedures for operating a Time Lapse Camera (TLC), monitoring device on board
- procedures for operating a vessel tracking device (VTD)
- procedures for vessel verification (Pro-Active Vessel Registration)
- how to get FAD coordinates
- how to register bagan
- coordination to deploy observers on board
The FIP activity in Southeast Sulawesi will be carried out intensively so it is expected to be ready to advance for the MSC Full Assessment in 2021.