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Indonesia’s Whiteleg Shrimps Earn Ecolabel

Author: Seafood Savers Team and WWF-Indonesia Team -  
Translated: Reza Putra


Jakarta, February 2019WWF-Indonesia highly appreciates PT Mega Marine Pride for their success in earning Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification for whiteleg shrimps (Litopenaeus vannamei) on January 2019. The partner of WWF-Indonesia earned the certificate for 68 ponds of a 23 Ha-intensive aquaculture method in Jember Regency, East Java for its supplier, PT Delta Guna Sukses.

Hasil panen udang vanamei © Wahju Subachri, WWF-ID

Indonesia is known as the third largest producer of aquaculture fish in Asia after China and India. The aquaculture practice has drawn the public attention as the activities potentially harm the environment. Since 2009 WWF-Indonesia has offered a solution by developing Seafood Savers as a platform where business players can get assistance in meeting the ASC sustainability standards for aquaculture fisheries and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for wild capture fisheries. These two certifications comply with the UN Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRC).

PT Mega Marine Pride joined Seafood Savers under Aquaculture Improvement Program (AIP) of WWF-Indonesia in December 2017. During the process, WWF-Indonesia cooperated with the Directorate-General of Aquaculture of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia in assisting the improvement activities of shrimp commodity system which complies with the ASC sustainability principle.

“Achieving the ASC standard demonstrates our commitment as a business player to the realization of whiteleg shrimps aquaculture that sustainably balances the ecosystems,” explained Junita Dwi Lia, Director of Quality Monitoring & Control at PT Mega Marine Pride. “We appreciate supports from WWF-Indonesia, the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia and PT Delta Guna Sukses in earning this ASC certificate. We are committed to the consistency and scope extension of the ASC certificate which will help us to sustainably improve the product quality in line with the company’s vision and mission,” added Junita.

The principle is applied to minimize the aquaculture impact to the environment through habitat rehabilitation activities, efficient use of resources, responsible use of feed, waste management and shrimp health maintenance. Aside from environmental impact, the company’s AIP also aims at managing social impacts related to the workers and communities.

Between December 2017 and January 2019, PT Delta Guna Sukses was formulating an internal policy according to the Standard Operational Procedure (SOP), building an installation of waste water management (IPAL) to reduce the impact from water waste pollution, as well as planting 2,700 mangroves and 1,800 Indian ash trees to rejuvenate the beach. All of the activities are done with support and participation from the Government of Jember Regency, East Java.

Besides PT Mega Marine Pride, there are two other WWF-Indonesia-assisted companies which successfully meet the sustainability principles in ASC aquaculture practices for the last three years. They are PT Mustika Minanusa Aurora which earned an ASC certificate for giant tiger shrimps traditionally farmed from a 100 Ha-pond in the North Kalimantan in August 2016 and PT Bumi Menara Internusa which earned an ASC certificate for whiteleg shrimps intensively farmed from a 9 Ha-pond in East Java. In the future, more assisted companies will take the process of sustainability principle compliance.

“The certification of these three companies show the commitment of WWF-Indonesia, Directorate-General of Aquaculture of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia and business players of aquaculture in Indonesia to balanced ecosystems and sustainable pond production,” said Dr. Imam Musthofa, Director of Marine and Fisheries Program at WWF-Indonesia. “With the ecolabel certification, the fisheries and aquaculture companies play a crucial role in securing the future of fishery resources and improving the competitiveness of fish products of Indonesia in the global market. Despite the difficulty, we are optimistic that more Indonesian seafood companies will be making efforts and successful in adhering to the sustainability principle,” he added.

The interested companies should be fully facilitated by the related stakeholders, such as the national and local governments, NGOs and academics, so more companies will meet the sustainability principle. This collaboration will then accelerate the realization of sustainable fisheries in Indonesia.

Editorial Notes:

  • Seafood Savers is a business to business platform initiated by WWF-Indonesia to implement fishery improvement in Indonesia through aquaculture and capture improvement program towards MSC and ASC standard. As per February 2019, 22 fish companies have joined Seafood Savers. For more information, go to www.seafoodsavers.org.
  • Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is an independent nonprofit organization which develops third party certification scheme for sustainable and aquaculture farming. ASC mission is to transform aquaculture fisheries practices into more sustainable and responsible practices. For more information, go to www.asc-aqua.org.
  • Aquaculture Improvement Program (AIP) is an improvement process taken by an aquaculture unit to meet the sustainability standards established in ASC certification.
  • Photos about aquaculture processes which have earned ACS certificates can be seen on here.

For more information on Seafood Savers, please contact:

  • Nur Ahyani, Aquaculture Coordinator, WWF-Indonesia
    Email: nurahyani@wwf.id, Mobile: +62812 2781 1108
  • Febrina Berlianti, Seafood Market Innovation Coordinator, WWF-Indonesia
    Email: fberlianti@wwf.id, Mobile: +62852 8222 0289
  • Nisa Syahidah, Marine & Fisheries Communication Specialist, WWF-Indonesia
    Email: sbscomms@wwf.id, Mobile: +62857 8101 7659

About WWF-Indonesia

WWF-Indonesia is an independent national conservation organization and is a part of WWF global network. WWF work in Indonesia began in 1962 with research on Javan Rhino in Ujung Kulon. WWF-Indonesia is actively working in 32 field areas spreading across 17 provinces from Aceh to Papua. WWF-Indonesia is supported by 500 staff members. WWF-Indonesia collaborates with government, local communities, private sector, NGOs, civil society and public in general. From 2006 to 2013, WWF-Indonesia was accountable to its 64,000 supporters who provided their support through various fundraising programs. For more information, visit www.wwf.or.id.

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