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Pre-Assessment: Efforts in Shrimp Fisheries Improvement Program in Central Java

Author: Buguh Tri Hardianto(Capture Fisheries Officer) -  
Translated: Arif Fajar Sulistyo

PT Cassanatama Naturindo Shrimp Fishers Supplier / ©WWF-Indonesia/Buguh Tri Hardianto
PT Cassanatama Naturindo Shrimp Fishers Supplier / ©WWF-Indonesia/Buguh Tri Hardianto

PT Cassanatama Naturindo, which located in Semarang, Central Java, has started its efforts to produce environmentally friendly shrimp crackers since 2017. The company also collaborates with local fishers groups, the fishermen have a role as the company’s supplier in providing freshly caught shrimp using environmentally friendly fishing gear. As a registered member of Seafood Savers since 2016, PT Cassanatama Naturindo alongside WWF-Indonesia are accompanying fishers to start recording their catch or logbook.

The logbook was made to collect information regarding the catch data needed to support shrimp resource management in Central Java. There are 5 groups of fishers who are partners of PT Cassanatama Naturindo, each fisher are widely dispersed in Demak Regency, Central Java. WWF-Indonesia also contributes to examining the fishing gear used by fishermen, to ensure that the shrimp is caught using sustainable and non-destructive fishing gear.

After ensuring that fishermen use Trammel Net and Trap net / Pot fishing gear, PT Cassanatama Naturindo also engaged with academics in gathering information about the condition of shrimp resources in Demak. WWF-Indonesia fully supports this cooperation, thus as one of the first steps in obtaining a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certificate, bearing in mind that the certification requires a high commitment.

Prawn Cracker / ©Cassanatama Naturindo
Prawn Cracker / ©Cassanatama Naturindo

In MSC certification, there are 3 principles, namely the status of the catch stocks, the impact of fishing activities on the environment, and effective fisheries governance, as well as 28 assessment indicators that must be met by the companies. This requires compliance and cooperation from all stakeholders in Central Java up to the central level before PT Cassanatama Naturindo took a step further to achieve MSC certification. Thus, the effort towards this MSC certificate also received good support from the Buyer PT Cassanatama Naturindo. This support becomes a focal point, where the market gets involved in the process. The hope is that with support from the market, enables to speed up the process of obtaining an MSC certificate. With the availability of the ecolabel certificate, it will uplift the name of fisheries products in Central Java, notably shrimp crackers in the global market, and provide welfare for fishing communities.

In order to identify shrimp fisheries in Demak meeting the MSC certification set standards, PT Cassanatama Naturindo supported by its buyers in partnering with Peterson Control Union as a Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) to carry out the initial MSC assessment on their fishers in Demak. The initial assessment of MSC was carried out since 10 June 2020 and is still ongoing progress until today, which aims is to determine the level of gaps between existing shrimp fishery practices in the field and the MSC standards. Currently, the initial assessment process is still in the stage of gathering data and information required relevance to the 28 assessment indicators available in MSC.

This pre-assessment will involve stakeholders such as the Central Java Regional Government, the Central Government, and Scholars to confirm the validity of the information that has been obtained and to receive feedback from the stakeholders mentioned above. The hope is that the gap information from the results of the MSC pre-assessment can be used as a reference frame for improving shrimp fisheries, and paving the way for initiating gradual steps towards environmentally friendly and sustainable shrimp cracker products in Central Java.

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