Code of Conduct

Indonesian Pole & Line and Handline Fisheries Association

AP2HI Code of Conduct (2018)

Code of Conduct

Asosiasi Perikanan Pole & Line dan Handline Indonesia (AP2HI)

(Indonesian Pole & Line and Handline Fisheries Association)


Understanding that tuna fisheries management has to be based on sustainable and responsible fishing practices from the Food and Agriculture Organisation as guidance in implementing sustainable and responsible fishing practices.

Realising that all fishing activities must adhere to Indonesian government laws and regulations relevant to the management of tuna fisheries.

Agreeing that all resolutions and conservation management measures published by relevant Regional Management Fisheries Organization (RFMO): Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), and Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) will be complied with.

Recognizing the legal framework, Anggaran Dasar, Anggaran RumahTangga  (AD/ART), of the Asosiasi Perikanan Pole-and-Line dan Handline (AP2HI).

Recognizing that AP2HI members represent a diverse range of seafood companies throughout the supply chain such as fishers, vessel owners, traders, and processors.

AP2HI is committed to promoting and advocating for sustainable pole-and-line and handline (hereafter referred to as “one-by-one”) tuna fisheries. The Association’s vision is to pioneer tuna fisheries development through sustainable growth for business, society and an ecosystem approach to sustainable fisheries management.

This Code of Conduct (hereafter referred to as “the Code”) sets out principles and standards of behaviour for responsible industry practices for AP2HI members. These commitments have been designed to ensure best food safety practices, responsible harvest of fishery resources, ethical labour practices and support regional and national fishery management measures.

The Code is a “living document” that will be regularly updated as the industry and regulatory standards evolve.

To ensure proper implementation, AP2HI members will be assessed against the Code. Monitoring of the Code will be conducted under an agreed process.

-Objectives of the Code of Conduct

1. Ensure all AP2HI members commit to and pursue the introduction and implementation of the objectives, strategies, and initiatives outlined;
2. Ensure that all vessels in AP2HI one-by-one tuna supply chains comply with the laws and regulations governing Indonesian tuna fisheries, support sustainable fishery management and observe industry and association best practices;
3. Ensure that all seafood processing and seafood supply companies in the AP2HI one-by-one tuna supply chains comply with the laws and regulations governing Indonesian tuna fisheries, support sustainable fishery management, observe industry and association best practices;
4. Serve as an instrument of reference for AP2HI members.
Fishery Compliance
Each member shall:
1. Register any owned or contracted one-by-one tuna fishing vessels, including information on the fishing gears, on the Fishing Vessel Record and Record of Active Fishing Vessel;
2. Have a license and all required certificates (SIPI, SIKPI, and SIPR) adhering to Indonesia laws and regulations for the fishing vessel, and “mother boat” or “collector vessel” that they own and/or contract to receive supply;
3. Vessels, over 30GT, will be fitted with a fully operational vessel monitoring system (VMS);
4. Ensure that all vessels that supply fish to its company are listed, certified, and operate under Indonesian Laws and Regulations;
5. Not procure fish from supply chains where Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing practices occur;
Fishery Operation
Each member shall:
1. Have a public facing policy that minimizes catching sharks, sea turtles, marine mammals, sea birds, and Endangered Threatened and Protected (ETP) species;
2. Ensure that crew members undergo training on best practice of handling and release of:
3. Sharks, sea turtles, marine mammals, sea birds and ETP species;
4. Have materials detailing best handling practices of afore mentioned species visible on vessels;
5. Ensure complete separation of catches by gear type within the supply chain starting from the point of catch;
6. Ensure safety at sea through participation in relevant training courses;
7. Participate in AP2HI best practices training for handling of raw materials at sea and on land, and have AP2HI best practice guidelines on display in critical operating areas (e.g.on vessel, landing and receiving areas);
8. Ensure the processing of fish is compliant with Indonesian food safety guidelines and as requested by AP2HI.

Each member shall:
1. Ensure that FADs are deployed in permitted areas according to the restrictions specified under the FAD management plan;
2. Attend AP2HI workshops and trainings on FAD construction, deployment, and management;
3. Commit to best practices in FAD construction by using non-entangling and biodegradable materials;
4. Support the FAD management based on the prevailing laws and regulations
5. Provide AP2HI with relevant FAD registration documents.
Baitfish Supply
Each member shall:
1. Participate in initiatives such as workshops and pilot studies, as requested, that will improve management of bait fish fisheries;
2. Participate in training courses for best practices in handling, storage, and utilization of baitfish to optimize bait to catch ratios, as requested;
3. Where relevant, support initiatives such as artificial bait and aquaculture as alternatives to wild-caught bait fish;
4. Ensure that when bait is procured from third parties, that it is from legal operators.
-Pollution at Sea
Each member shall:
1. Attend AP2HI workshops and trainings, as requested, for the disposal of non-biodegradable materials such as plastics, medals,engine oil, and cigarette butts, .
2. Record and report the loss and/or recovery of fishing gear and FADs at sea. Retain old and broken fishing gear on-board for the appropriate disposal on land.
-Fishery Improvement Programs
Each member shall:
1. Fully support and participate in, AP2HI’s comprehensive Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) for one-by-one tuna fisheries;
2. Participate in AP2HI data collection programs, for example observer deployments, port sampling programs, and Association needs;
3. Accurately, fully record and submit the required data for sustainable fisheries management at national and regional levels (where applicable);
4. Participate in AP2HI discussions about fisheries management and policy development;
5. Participate in AP2HI discussions about FIP development, FIP assessment, fisheries sustainability, eco-labelling, and social-responsibility;
6. Participate in AP2HI workshops related to the development of new scientific research projects
-Human Resource Development Program
Each member shall:
1. Designate a liaison within their organizations, with a clear job description,to facilitate AP2HI agendas;
2. As requested by AP2HI, and especially during meetings where Association decisions are to be made, high level management representatives with decision making authority on behalf of the company are to attend;
3. Attend or have a representatives attend regular Association update meetings or webinars;
4. Attend Annual General Meetings (AGM).
Each member shall:
1. Have a public facing policy against forced and child labour;
2. Participate in AP2HI discussion and workshop about social compliance;
3. Comply with National labour laws and regulations.
Each member shall:
Maintain a credible scheme that traces one-by-one tuna forwards and backwards from receiving to sale that includes:
1. The name, registration, license and flag of the fishing vessel, carrier and transhipment vessels by which tuna raw materials were sourced from;
2. The dates of the fishing trips, FMA of capture, location of port landing and transhipment, the fishing gear type, and date the company took ownership and sold the fish;
3. The tuna species and volumes of each tuna species caught and procured.

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