The 2015 highlights were the implementation of electronic log books (Elog) on two or three pilot vessels and the development of in house processing software that will allow for complete lot traceability form vessel to merchant. Both systems will be up and running in 2017 with further evaluation of Elogs as the most cost effective traceability tool.

In addition to the traceability work there is ongoing catch data gathering and storage. The government sponsored observer program continues to be on hold affecting forward progress on bycatch recording.

Vessel licensing review and approval has dragged on well past a year leaving several on our FIP boats at the wharf for over 12 months.

In 2014, PT Inti Lautan Fajar Abadi, a seafood processing company, which leads the implementation of snapper and grouper from Aru and the Arafura and Timor Seas, was audited against the Walmart ethical and environmental Standards for Suppliers. This audit is part of the requirement of  Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.’s (“Walmart”), which require its suppliers to comply with certain social and environmental conditions. As a result of last year’s audit, the company now supplies to Walmart, through Walmart supplier.

The snapper and grouper FIP in the Arafura, Aru, and Timor Seas was initiated and launched by SFP in 2013 and is now industry driven, with PT. Inti Lautan Fajar Abadi (Intan Seafood, formerly Ilufa) playing a leading role. The FIP aims to improve the availability of accurate data on catches, retained and bycatch, support the development of a fishery management plan, and promote traceability.

In 2014, the main highlight of the FIP was an assessment to improve the traceability from vessels to processing factories, and hosting National observers onboard the bottom longline vessels.