Fisheries Improvement Program (FIP) is an initiative for sustainable fisheries. In Kei Islands, the FIP mud crab commodity has grown significantly and involved numerous stakeholders, including Indonesian government who holds a significant position in the process.
In December 8th and 9th 2020, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and World Wildlife for Fund (WWF) Indonesia gave collaborated to conduct a set of training for the stakeholders in FIP Langgur, Southeast Maluku. About 25 attendees from Marine Affairs and Fisheries Agency (MAFA) Maluku and Southeast Maluku, Badan Karantina Ikan dan Pengendalian Mutu (The Fish Quarantine and Quality Control Agency), Badan Perencanaan dan Pembangunan Daerah (The Regional Planning & Development Agency), representatives from Pattimura University, fisher union from KUB Wear Manun, and fish collectors were in the two-days training program.
“This training is important for not only the (government and NGO) officials but also business actors, either fishers and collectors, so the fisheries improvement effort shall be done to the roots. In addition, a training like this can give us useful insights about product standardization and traceability,” said Nicodemus Ubro, Head of MAFA Southeast Maluku in his opening remarks.
Fisheries Standardization and Chain of Custody Training
The MSC Indonesia trained the attendees with standard MSC’s materials and its implementation through two methods of training: MSC’s Capacity Building Training Level 1 and Chain of Custody. With the in-class training method, the attendees learned a lot about the subject and discussed the issue on the training session.
“FIP mud crab commodity is a collaboration of sustainable fisheries initiative between fishers and WWF Indonesia that has grown exponentially and deserves support from all of the related stakeholders. These two trainings aim to encourage the government and relating stakeholders’ roles in the region and to educate the attendees about sustainability standard of MSC. By recognizing one’s role in this implementation of FIP, the initiative will have a promising growth in the future and successfully achieve the sustainability goal,” said Hirmen Syofyanto, Program Director of MSC Indonesia.
Peserta mendapatkan penyampaian materi mengenai 3 Prinsipal Standar Perikanan MSC, Kerangka Berbasis Risiko (RBF), kaitan MSC dengan perbaikan perikanan serta perangkat perbaikan perikanan di hari pertama. Standar Perikanan MSC mencakup 3 prinsipal, yaitu Keberlanjutan Stok, Mengurangi Dampak Ekosistem dan Pengelolaan Perikanan yang Efektif.
In the first day of training, the attendees learned about the three principles of MSC Fisheries Standard, Risk-Based Framework (RBF), the relationship between MSC and fisheries improvement program, and the tools for the initiative. The three principles of MSC Fisheries Standard are sustainable fish stocks, minimizing environmental impact and effective fisheries management. The training continued with a lesson of five principles of MSC’s Chain of Custody, the three versions of CoC, and audit preparation in the day two. The CoC certification can guarantee a product with MSC ecolabel comes from a traceable certified sustainable fishing and supplying. Among the lessons, the attendees also got the chance to have group discussion to discuss about different case studies on fisheries, composing CoC audit schedule, and for question-and-answer session.
“The collaboration and support from the stakeholders are a good start (for the initiative) and mark a positive energy in the implementation of FIP mud crab commodity in Kei Islands,” said Andreas Ohoiulun, Project Executant from WWF IBAS.
In the end of the training, the attendees received not only technical subjects regarding MSC’s sustainable fisheries standards, but also principles in guaranteeing product’s traceability and collective agreement in composing FIP Action Plan for mud crab commodity in Kei Islands.
“This training is very useful for the local mud crab fishers like us. Before the training, we only knew MSC from the surface, but after the training, we got to know about what MSC is all about. The KUB Wear Manun is ready to participate towards (the certification of) ecolabel MSC,” said Yohanis Songbes, Head of KUB Wear Manun.