Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP)

Our Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP)

AP2HI’s FIP aims to improve the sustainable fishing practice and impact for long-term. AP2HI actively stimulates and guides its member companies with the implementation of the various FIP activities. As part of the FIP program, AP2HI also aims to achieve MSC certification (Marine Stewardship Council).

Among the FIP activities that are actively implemented by AP2HI and the member companies are the following:


1-Sustainability Code of Conduct

Every member company has signed a code of conduct to commit to sustainable fishing practice and follow the regulations accordingly

2. Investment for Sustainability

Every member company is financially committed to FIP activities by fulfilling their duty on annual membership contribution fee.

3. Training of Trainer

A capacity building program towards FIP for staff of member companies who are responsible for FIP.

4. Training of Fishermen

A capacity building program for pole & line and handline fishermen on sustainable fisheries, policy on capture fisheries, bait and fish handling, safety on board and data recording.

5. Data Collection

Routine catch & production data submission to ensure volume and traceability.

6. Vessel Registration

Data collection and registration of fishing vessels owned by member companies and fishing vessels owned by fishermen who supply catch to member companies. A measure to combat IUU fishing practices.

7. Vessel Tracking System (VTS)

A VTS deployment program is implemented using subsampling method for vessels under 30 gross tonnages to verify and show that the fishing ground complies with their license.

8. Traceability Improvement

AP2HI actively works with its members on traceability improvement. The traceability system helps the companies to pass the MSC Chain-of-Custody audit.

9. Port Sampling

Continues data collection system on port to contribute towards achieving sustainability that can be monitored and improved.

10. National Observer Program

A government observer program to support fisheries management based on robust data. Member companies support this government program by providing pole & line and handline vessels to the observer.

11. Independent Observer Program

Independent data collection system on board based on RFMO observer protocol for pole & line vessels to contribute towards data collection and to verify data submission by member companies.

12. Cultivation of Bait Alternative

A trial program testing milkfish for bait to reduce the use of natural baitfish (wild-bait) to contribute to the sustainability goals.

FIP activities implemented with partners

The following activities are being implemented in collaboration with other parties such as government, researchers and NGO/INGO:

1. FIP Steering Committee

AP2HI encouraged the establishment of an FIP Steering Committee for PL & HL fisheries in Indonesia in 2015. This is a collaborative forum where tuna stakeholders share their progress and contribution towards FIP. The committee members are from government, industry, NGO and researcher centers.

2. Coordination Meetings with Government

AP2HI as industry representative is engaged in official meetings discussing on development of harvest strategy for tuna, Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) management, bait management and other tuna related policy meetings.

3. Eligible Fisheries Identification

AP2HI collects data on PL&HL fisheries not only from central government but also from local government in each province/district.

4. Develop Cloud-based Fishery Information System

To better support fishery management and meet eco-certification objectives, AP2HI established a cloud-based fishery information system. The system enables AP2HI’s harvest sector members to securely manage their operational data and generate reports to inform business operations, while also making selected catch and effort data for 100 percent of fishing trips available to AP2HI to support fishery management and eco-certification objectives.

5. Evaluating the Socio-economic Impact

A program that aims to establish a rigorous socio-economic monitoring and research program to evaluate project progress, inform an ecosystem approach to fisheries management, and establish the foundations for eventual social and labor certification of the fishery

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