INDONESIA: The NGOs International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) and Asosiasi Perikanan Pole & Line dan Handline (AP2HI) have partnered the NGO Walton Family Foundation to accelerate reform in Indonesia’s coastal tuna fisheries through improvements in the one-by-one sector.
As part of this two-year partnership, IPNLF will expedite improvements in the pole-and-line and handline fisheries to enable them to reach the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard for environmental sustainability, while also ensuring international seafood markets have access to the certified products once they become available. This ambition will be further supported by IPNLF’s strategic partnership with USAID Oceans.
“Now with up to 50 Members, IPNLF’s fast-growing network represents a broad cross-section of supply chain actors, including fishery and producer associations, processors, traders, retailers and foodservice operators. Similarly, AP2HI’s members represent the majority of companies involved in the Indonesian one-by-one tuna supply chain,” pointed out Jeremy Crawford, Southeast Asia Director of IPNLF.
Crawford also explained that by leveraging the combined buying power and investment opportunities of both these membership networks, IPNLF and AP2HI will motivate fishery and government stakeholders to deliver sustainability and improved management.
As part of the project, the combined Member networks of IPNLF and AP2HI will work to support management and governance improvements in line with the MSC standard at both domestic and international levels, this will include collaborating with other member countries at the relevant tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (tuna RFMOs) in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean.
IPNLF and AP2HI will also coordinate with other NGOs working on Indonesian tuna fisheries to encourage decision makers to develop and implement sound management and governance systems.
“We embrace the opportunity that this project provides; to enable Indonesia’s pole-and-line and handline fisheries to meet the sustainability and traceability requirements of the international markets, and to ensure that they are recognised and rewarded for their environmental sustainability, quality, and social contributions," stressed Bayu Mangkurat, General Manager of AP2HI.
The project is to be launched on November 13, 2017 with an inception meeting in Jakarta.