As being a leading export commodity, tuna is widely known in the seafood business players circle. Many tuna producers in various Indonesia’s regions strive to provide the best tuna products in terms of food quality, economy and nature as well. One of them is a seafood producer from Medan, North Sumatra, which is PT Winson Prima Sejahtera.
Delivering its vision “Ensuring food safety control in every production chain to maintain the quality of fishery products”, the company joins in an environmentally friendly and sustainable for nature seafood business program. This commitment is marked by the company’s contribution to a fisheries improvement program with WWF-Indonesia through Seafood Savers membership.
Following all stages in the membership phase, the company finally sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the Cooperation Agreement (PKS) of Seafood Savers Members. The signing was held on 5 October 2018 in Jakarta becoming a legal basis of yellowfin tuna fisheries (Thunnus albacares) improvement program towards the ecolabel certification, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
The MoU is signed by Rizal Malik, the CEO of WWF-Indonesia, and Tjahaja, the Director of PT Winson Prima Sejahtera, while the signing of the Members’ PKS is carried out by Imam Musthofa, the WWF-Indonesia Marine and Fisheries Director and Tjahaja.
“We do have a great commitment and put an effort into this improvement program by forming a dedicated team as the person in charge of the Seafood Savers improvement program. For us, MSC, FIP and the next actions are the stages of a system to support our government programs and the company’s final vision as well. We hope that we all can succeed in achieving the mission of environmental conservation, “said Tjahaja, the Director of PT Winson Prima Sejahtera in his speech.
In accordance with the membership scheme, the WWF Indonesia team will accompany the tuna fishing activities operating in FMA 571 and 572 for five years. PT Winson Prima Sejahtera is the sixth company in Seafood Savers membership that undergoes tuna FIP and the first company whose landing sites in Sumatra. The increasing number of companies joining this membership is expected to strengthen synergies in accelerating the realization of sustainable fisheries in Indonesia.