With an eye toward increasing the competitiveness of Indonesian fishery products that provide benefits for the sustainability of marine resources, one of the efforts to support the accessibility of fishery products is to provide support in strengthening the capacity of domestic marine product stakeholders (retail, food product companies). The sustainable market development program through strengthening the Chain of Custody (CoC) Marine Stewardship Council is carried out collaboratively with the fishery industry, which plays an important role as one of the important factors in achieving a common goal.
On July 29-30th, 2020, Seafood Savers WWF-Indonesia and Marine Stewardship Council held an online training on MSC Standard Version Supervision Chain (CoC) 5.0. This training aims to equip participants with the knowledge needed to meet standards in an effort to obtain MSC CoC certification and to carry out CoC audits. The material given to participants aims to meet the feasibility indicators which include discussion of the basic principles of the CoC standard, assessment indicators, product traceability, and supply chain management, as well as the MSC and CoC certification processes.
The 23 training participants came from various backgrounds, such as representatives from producers companies of Seafood Savers partners, academics, buyers, and several Department of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (DKP) Provinces in Indonesia.
The training was opened by the Head of Marine and Fisheries Program WWF Indonesia – Dr. Imam Musthofa Zainudin, in his opening remarks he explained, “On this occasion, Mr./Mrs. from universities and local governments and/or business actors can learn to begin an understanding of CoC, this training will act as a helping effort to anyone who wants to obtain certification. Hopefully that there will be more assessors and auditors available in Indonesia so as to minimize the costs required for certification. The Seafood Savers mechanism, which has been born for almost 10 years, having potential in bringing the seafood product program as a vehicle for business actors in Indonesia to manage fish resources, hoping to nurture the sustainability process.”
On the first day of the training event, the main speaker, Hirmen Syofyanto, as the Program Director of MSC Indonesia, explained the material that included discussions related to the introduction of MSC, product traceability, validating product authentication, and traceability aspects. The session was very dynamic, this was shown by the existence of critical questions from participants regarding the discussion of the topics presented by the speakers.
In the Standard Online Training and CoC Chain of Custody Audit Preparation, participants did not only received PowerPoint presentations, but there were quiz activities between the material presentation sessions and after the material has ended. The function of this quiz exercise is useful as a reminder to what the participants have learned and understood, as well as a benchmark for participants’ understanding of the material given.
On the second day of training, the materials given became more complex and detailed. The material refers to the discussion of technical areas such as the certification and auditing process (inspection, review, traceability test, the discovery of non-conformities item, maintenance of certification, etc.), instructions on how to become an MSC Technical Consultant, and the 5 main principles of CoC. As an extension of the first day of training, the second day was also filled with quiz activities, and participants were divided into several small groups to plan the implementation of a real audit situation of a company. Participants had to discuss collectively on steps that had to be prepared in carrying out an audit. This activity was accompanied by facilitators from the WWF-Indonesia and MSC teams so that participants get a preliminary picture of the activities they are doing.
Before concluding the event, participants conveyed their views and messages about the implementation of the Standard Online Training and Preparation for the CoC Chain of Custody Audit that they have been conducting for the past 2 days.
“As a representation from DKP NTT, participating in this kind of activity for the first time, this training is indeed very good and maybe in the future, if there are training alike we can be informed and able to gauge the number participants, perhaps other technical departments or other provincial officials can participate in this kind of activity. Thus the events are also an added information for us at the Marine and Fisheries Ministry to be well-informed of developments in the issue of traceability of fishery products today and in the future ahead” uttered by the participant, Anakletus Tese, S. Pi as the Head of Processing and Marketing of Marine and Fisheries Products from the Provincial Ministry of Marine and Fisheries of NTT.