Fishery Improvement Project (FIP)- Yellowfin Tuna Fishery in Indonesia

Indonesian Snapper and Grouper Fishery Improvement Report

Indonesia is the world's largest tuna fishing nation. A 2010 MSC pre-assessment of the country's tuna fisheries identified areas for improvement, including:

  • Governance and management
  • Institutional framework
  • Research of stock status; fleet composition, harvest strategies, and bycatch
  • Regulatory compliance

A national tuna FIP was established with the goal of having all Indonesian tuna fisheries MSC certified by 2020. Sea Delight, LLC is currently implementing FIP activities within their handline yellowfin tuna supply chain in the Fisheries Management Area (FMA) 573.

Project Highlights include:

  • All vessels in the fleet have been made aware of the onboard logbook program
  • Logbook data is being collected and compiled by uniformed officers from DKP (Dept. Fisheries and Marine Affairs)
  • A program of free vessel registration has already registered more than 1/3 of the local tuna fleet
  • All vessels have registered the location of their Fishing Aggregating Devices (FADs) and are following national regulation on placing them at the recommended interval of a minimum of 10 nautical miles apart
  • Community surveillance programs continue to be investigated with fisherman’s associations;
  • Trainings held to increase tuna product quality, register vessels, and assist with logbook completion.