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 West Nusa Tenggara region.
In early March 2020, the AP2HI Project Manager together with the IPNLF team conducted a site visit to the Labuhan Lombok area, East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, with the aim of assessment. Labuhan Lombok is one of the fish landing sites which is a source of supply to one of the AP2HI member companies. Based at Labuhan Lombok Fishing Port, the team observed the fish landing location, the type of operating PL and HL vessels, the type of fishing gears, and the type of fish caught both main target and bycatch along with the type of bait used, and also observed the fish landing process to the supplier’s processing plant.
For the FIP implementation in the East Lombok region, AP2HI has recruited a number of field staff. The FIP implementation will include verification of AP2HI member vessels, port sampling activities, installation of monitoring and tracking devices on fishing vessels, coordination to deploy observers on board, and of course intensifying the cooperation with local agencies in the West Nusa Tenggara province. In implementing FIP in this area, AP2HI collaborates with PT. Bagan Sukses Mandiri, the Labuhan Lombok Fishery Port, DKP of the West Nusa Tenggara Province and Yayasan Masyarakat Dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI).
In order to implement FIP properly, the Project Manager provided to the new AP2HI Field Staff with information sharing and training on:
- Introduction of AP2HI and its programs
- Procedures for the identification of vessels included in the FIP
- Vessel registration process
- Port Sampling method
- How to install and operate the Time Lapse Camera (TLC)
- How to install and operate the Vessel Tracking Device (VTD)
- Observer Deployment process
The FIP activity in West Nusa Tenggara will be carried out intensively so it is expected to be ready to advance for the MSC Full Assessment in 2021.