Fishery Improvement Project
Last Update: April 2013
Species: yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares), bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus)
FIP Scope/Scale: Fishery level
Fishery Location: Indonesia EEZ, Indian Ocean
For map see:
Yellowfin tuna – Indian Ocean
Bigeye tuna – Indian Ocean
FIP Contact: If you would like more information about the FIP or wish to support the FIP, please contact SFP.
- WWF Indonesia
- ASTUIN (Indonesian Tuna Association)
- ATLI (Indonesian Tuna Longline Association)
- Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
Yellowfin tuna – Indian Ocean
Indonesia & IOTC
For sustainability information of these fisheries please click here.
FIP Stage: 3, FIP activities underway
- Promote traceability to ensure that the origins and status of tuna products purchased are well-known and all coming from legal fisheries
- Improve the availability of accurate data on catches and bycatch
- Improve the management and policy to support sustainable management of the tuna fisheries.
- Inaccurate, incomplete, and inconsistent catch data reporting
- No data on the artisanal tuna fisheries - the current available annual catch data of tuna fisheries from Indonesia is collected from larger vessels
- The existing annual catch data from capture fisheries statistics for Indonesia do not show the annual catch estimate for each species for each fishing gears. Retained and bycatch data is limited or not available.
- Promote traceability to ensure that the origins and status of tuna products purchased are well-known and all coming from legal fisheries by engaging the supply chains
- Improve the availability of accurate data on catches, retained and bycatch
- Collaborate with other NGOs working on tuna fisheries issues in the country, including working together to improve the management and policy towards sustainable fisheries
- Phase 1: To establish a demonstration project showing how improvements could be achieved in tuna longline fisheries.
- Phase 2: To use the output of this FIP as lessons learned for a broader range of tuna stakeholders (i.e., tuna associations) to expand the participation to include other RFMOs (i.e., in the Western Central Pacific Ocean).
- First meeting between SFP and Indonesian Tuna Longline Association (ATLI) and Indonesian Tuna Association (ASTUIN) took place in April to identify key fisheries issues. Throughout 2010, dialogue initiated with WWF, the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), and individual members of the tuna associations to engage, support, and develop the FIP.
- Meetings held between SFP and Amacore (tuna buyers in Netherlands) and PT Intimas Surya (a tuna longline company managing 28 longliners and one of the major tuna processors and exporters in Indonesia) to engage in the FIP. Later on, other companies, Cannon Fish (US-based tuna importer) and Open Seas (Netherlands-based tuna importers) also showed interest in joining this FIP.
- Second meeting between SFP and Indonesian Tuna Longline Association (ATLI) and Indonesian Tuna Association (ASTUIN) was held in September to update on FIP progress and agree on further advancements; development of a white paper and workplan.
- January – FIP participants (Intimas Surya, Amacore, Cannon Fish, and Open Seas) approved and signed the FIP agreement and discussed and approved the FIP workplan.
- February – FIP workplan implementation started. FIP participants (represented by Intimas Surya) and SFP had a meeting with a government researcher from the Benoa Research Station, who is responsible for the tuna longline onboard observer program for Indian Ocean tuna, to discuss data reporting training for vessels’ crews and the onboard observer program (e.g., methodology and training materials). The Fisheries Research Department suggested that FIP participants use research observers from the government to train crews in data reporting. FIP participants decided that on-the-job onboard training will be given to boat captain/crew by a trainer, who will be spending at least 30 days on each vessel. The first training session will last for 60 days, in which one trainer will cover two tuna longline vessels. FIP participants conducted a meeting on to discuss where data will be collected and which data are required by IOTC.
- March – Intimas Surya appointed a fresh tuna vessel to be the first vessel to receive training. Data recording training started on shore for Intimas Surya staff to understand the data required. The onboard training and onboard observer process is scheduled to begin in the second week of March.
- May – Observer program commenced to collect scientific data and information. The data will be analyzed by Loka Tuna Benoa research station.
- July – The second observer spent 82 days at sea (17 April to 9 July 2012), consists of 52 days on board Mutiara 05 (a tuna longline vessel) and 30 days on board KM Hiroyoshi (a collecting boat, which brought the observer back to base). The fishing ground of the vessel is in the high sea, West of Australia, a 10-day sea journey from Benoa Harbour. The third observer is currently on board and is expected to be back at base at the end of September. MOU between Loka Tuna Benoa Research station and FIP member, PT Intimas was signed to implement observer onboard from March 2012 to 31 December 2012.
- August – FIP budget agreed.
- FIP meeting was conducted on 12 October to update progress on the implementation. The meeting was held in Jakarta and hosted by the office of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries. Meeting attendees included the Indonesian Tuna Association (ASTUIN), Indonesian Tuna Longline Association (ATLI), members of Indonesian tuna and snapper FIPs, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries staff, and SFP. The outputs of the meeting are to continue the observer onboard program in 2013 and to continue improving the catch reporting by the fishing vessels.
January – March