The phenomenon of irresponsible fishing practices is one of WWF Indonesia’s urgency in establishing Seafood Savers platform. WWF Indonesia realizes that dealing with this phenomenon cannot merely focus on the fisherman alone; however, it should also pay its attention to other parties involved in regulating the production and distribution chains of fisheries. Therefore, WWF Indonesia through Seafood Savers embraces companies engaged in the fishery sector both directly and indirectly to carry out sustainable fishing practices.
Currently, Seafood Savers has 21 members consisting of; 12 companies in the field of capture fisheries, seven companies in the field of aquaculture (3 of which have acquired certification) and two buyer companies. By joining as members, the 21 companies must commit to the improvement program towards certification of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Chain of Custody (CoC).
To achieve sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, the principles used in the work/action plan have different standards depending on the type of fisheries and commodities. In general, the Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) consists of three MSC principles. Including; 1) Sustainability of stock; 2) Minimize the impact of the ecosystems impact; and 3) Effective fisheries management, wherein this case cultivation has a variety of principles for each commodity, while aquaculture varies according to the specific types of commodities.
As part of the monitoring process, work plan assessments are carried out every six months through the FIP / AIP (Aquaculture Improvement Projects) improvement program report. This report is based on the company’s work plan and action plan with reference to the principle standards set by MSC and ASC. In simple terms, the progress improvement report aims to see the extent of the company’s development in implementing sustainable fisheries practices.
This monitoring process is essential because the improvement progress report is a reference for the parties, especially the Seafood Savers member companies. The report is routinely uploaded on the Seafood Savers website enabling the public to download and view progress improvement reports based on the company or commodity listed.
On the other hand, the progress improvement report can be an assessment to perceive the company’s commitment as a member of Seafood Savers. The company’s commitment to carry out sustainable fisheries practices is not only seen when the company has officially become a member, but also when the company has successfully applied the standard principle of improvement. Thus, the improvement progress report can be a tool to view the company’s development and its commitment to implement sustainable fisheries practices.