Freshwater eel is one of the national fisheries commodities that are in high demand by the international market. This opportunity was utilized very nicely by PT Iroha Sidat Indonesia. However, on the other hand, the freshwater eel cultivation process, which still relies on seeds from nature, is a big challenge in PT ISI’s business. The availability of seeds in the wild will undoubtedly experience changes and decrease in number if used continuously, and they do not pay attention to the values of sustainability. Therefore, through the Aquaculture Improvement Program (AIP), PT ISI is very serious about pursuing a sustainable fisheries system. Some of the efforts made so far include efforts to continue to improve the quality and quantity of crops. A proper aquaculture operation concerning AIP is expected to increase the amount of SR (Survival Rate) in freshwater eel cultivation.
The widespread case of Covid-19 in Indonesia has had a significant influence on every sector of human life. The government, through its task force handling Covid-19, urged people to reduce activities outside the home. The government imposed Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) for co-19 cities affected. This condition has a significant effect on all sectors, including the fisheries and marine industries in Indonesia. Restrictions on human activities lead to a reduction in consumption power and people’s purchasing power for fishery products. This condition has triggered a decline in the special fisheries trade in Indonesia.
Covid-19 forced all people to be able to carry out a better life mechanism while maintaining the health protocol established by the government. PT Iroha Sidat Indonesia, as one of the largest freshwater eel aquaculture companies in Indonesia, also implements health protocols in each of its activities. This condition presents its own challenges for freshwater eel aquaculture activities. But this did not dampen the spirit of PT Iroha Sidat Indonesia (PT ISI) in implementing AIP in its cultivation mechanism. AIP is a big commitment to PT. Iroha Sidat Indonesia in realizing sustainable fisheries.
Various other efforts related to AIP were also carried out by PT ISI, such as by increasing the knowledge of workers and employees towards sustainable fisheries efforts listed in AIP through training programs for employees. On March 10, 2020, PT ISI conducted AIP-ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council) training activities for the employees of PT ISI Unit Bomo II and Karangteko. The training is expected to increase the awareness and knowledge of PT ISI employees in efforts to implement sustainable fisheries
The solemnity of PT ISI in sustainable fisheries has also been proven by tree planting activities around the area of PT ISI on January 30, 2020. This activity was carried out as a form of PT ISI’s concern for the environment around the pond. Sustainable fisheries are not only responsible for production activities, but also have responsibility for social and environmental conditions. This was realized with the activities of planting 200 beach she-oak and Casuarina equisetifolia trees. Until now, PT ISI continues to monitor the plant. Although the activities carried out at this time are limited, PT ISI continues to work through normal operations in the work plan to carry out the fulfillment process as a form of joint commitment in realizing a sustainable cultivation scheme.