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The Beginning of Aquaculture Improvement Program for PT Surya Alam Tunggal

Author: Seafood Savers Team -  
Translated: M. A. Indira Prameswari

Ilustrasi tambak intensif © Yayasan WWF Indonesia
Illustration of intensive shrimp pond © Yayasan WWF Indonesia

Indonesia is one of the biggest exporters of fishery products in the world. Behind its massive export, hundreds of business actors are working relentlessly to fulfil food demands across the country. In order to maintain business competitiveness in the global market, these business actors always thrive to expand their product values. This includes sustainable aquaculture practices which, not only it adds value to the products by earning ecolabel certification, but it also helps to preserve the production sustainability by minimizing impacts against the ecosystem and environment. PT Surya Alam Tunggal (PT SAT) is one of the companies that try to produce sustainable products, especially black tiger and whiteleg shrimp products.

PT SAT has produced processed seafood since 1983. Until now, the Sidoarjo, East Java-based company actively produces processed shrimp for exports. The company realizes that there is a visible demand to fulfil environmental responsibilities for aquaculture company and market demand to increase the supply of sustainable fishery products. Hence, PT SAT joined Seafood Savers as a partner to implement sustainable aquaculture practices. This practice is implemented on their supply chain and sister company, PT Surya Windu Kartika (PT SWK) which is located in Banyuwangi, East Java.

By implementing sustainable aquaculture practices, PT SAT can have the opportunity to earn ecolabel certification, especially Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification. This certification works as a guarantee that the certified product is produced from sustainable practices. For this reason, the ecolabel certification can add product value which opens bigger opportunity to penetrate wider global market in this modern era. In order to earn ASC certification, PT SAT looks upon ASC’s seven principles that focus on legal, social, and environmental compliances.

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The first step done by PT SAT on improving their aquaculture practices is fulfillment of necessary documents and activities that refer to the standards of ASC. The Aquaculture Improvement Program (AIP) Team from WWF Indonesia assisted PT SAT during the improvement process, along with environmental experts for Biodiversity Inclusive Environmental Impact Assessment (B-EIA) and social experts for Participatory Social Impact Assessment (pSIA). One of the activities done in B-EIA and pSIA studies included a focused group discussion (FGD). These FGDs aim to discuss issues related to the impact of pond operations on the surrounding environmental and social aspects. Representatives from Military Headquarter of Rogojampi, Environment and Sanitation Agency of Banyuwangi, Fishery Agency of Banyuwangi, Headman of Bomo Village, Head of Rogojampi District, academics from Airlangga University, and Rogojampi (Bomo) locals attended the discussions. Through these activities, the company looks forward for the results to be made as a reference in implementing aquaculture improvement practices for sustainable shrimp farming in PT SWK.

In January 30th 2021, PT SWK had carried ASC certification process with PT Control Union Indonesia as Conformity Assessment Body (CAB). The certification process was done by assessing pond condition with the seven principles of ASC shrimp standards. In order to fulfil their environmental responsibility, PT SWK then planted 1.200 Australian pine trees in 30th-31st March 2021. Many stakeholders were involved in this process, such as Headman of Bomo Village, police chief of Rogojampi, Military Headquarter of Rogojampi, local NGOs, local communities, and PT SWK employees. Moreover, the company will relocate the directly adjacent pond to the coast according to the standard.

Interestingly, the cooperation between PT Surya Alam Tunggal and WWF Indonesia through Seafood Savers was initiated in June 2020 by identification and due diligence, then continued with improvement process in the ponds of PT SWK in August 2020. The company was then ready for audit in January 2021, which means it only takes less than six months for PT SWK to undergo improvement process. This shows a remarkable example to be followed by any parties, that if all stakeholders commit to implement improvement, the ASC standards could be fulfilled in a short time period.

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