Project Description

Longline Tuna and Large Pelagics in the Indian Ocean FIP

The Indian Ocean longline tuna and large pelagics PT Tuna Permata Rezeki FIP was established in 2015, consists of 35 fishing vessels. PT Tuna Permata Rezeki is a member of Indonesian Tuna Association (ASTUIN).

Species:
Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares)
Bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus)
Albacore (Thunnus alalunga)
Southern Bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)
Wahoo (Acanthocybium spp)
Sword Fish (Xiphias gladius)
Mahi-Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus)
Opah (Lampris guttatus)

FIP Scope/Scale: Fishery level
Fishing gear: Longline
Fishery Location: Indonesia EEZ, Indian Ocean
FIP formed: 2015
FIP Stage : 4 (FIP is delivering improvement in policies or practices)

Profile of fishery http://www.fishsource.com and FIP Improvement

 

FIP Supply Leader

PT Permata Marindo Jaya
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FIP Participants

FIP Aim and Objectives

The FIP aims to support and contribute to the development of the improvement and sustainability of the tuna fishery in Indonesia.

Objectives

  1. To promote traceability to ensure that the origins and status of tuna and large pelagic products purchased are well-known and all coming from legal fisheries by engaging the supply chains that support improvement
  2. To improve the availability of accurate data on catches retained and by catch
  3. To collaborate with other institutions working on tuna fisheries issues in the country, including working together to improve the management and policy towards sustainable fisheries.
  4. To support and contribute to the work of the Indonesia National Tuna Management Plan
  5. To help develop the most cost efficient vessel traceability system.

Improvement Recommendations:

  • Improve traceability to ensure that the origins and status of tuna products purchased are well-known and all coming from legal fisheries and meet the standards of the US sustainability standards of the impending NOAA plan.
  • Improve the availability of accurate catch data and the use of logbook
  • Improve the management and policy to support sustainable management of the tuna fisheries.

Background

The Indian Ocean longline tuna and large pelagics FIP was initiated by Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, and the FIP has been led by PT Intimas Surya since January 2014. The first phase (2012 – 2014) involved 28 longliners, and the second phase (2015 – 2020) will expand to include 35 contracted vessels.

In March 2015,the longline Indian Ocean FIP expands to include 35 longline vessels owned by PT Tuna Permata Rezeki.

The FIPs supports and contributes to the development, improvement and sustainability of the tuna and large pelagics fishery in Indonesia by promoting traceability; improve the availability of accurate data on catches and bycatch; and collaborating with other institutions working on tuna fisheries issues in the country, including working together to improve the management and policy towards sustainable fisheries.

Progress update

2015

January – June

An MOU with the Research Institute for Tuna Fisheries was signed in April to support the observer onboard program in longline vessels operating in the Indian Ocean.  The observers  collect scientific data for stock analysis and assist in training vessels crew to use logbook for catch data.

2013 and 2014 catch data were inputted into database

July – December

Observers onboard FIP vessels,  Jimmy Wijaya 12, and Jimmy Wijaya 17 to collect biological data for stock analysis and observe the fishing activities in Indian Ocean longline vessels.

All FIP vessels have updated fishing licenses, and continue improving the reporting of catch data.

2016

January – June

One National observer onboard the FIP vessel from January 14 to February 27, 2016

Observer report showed that from 35 settings, 19 species were caught, including 3 main target species, these are tuna species, yellowfin, bigeye, and albacore. The other 16 species include one turtle species, Lepidochelys olivacea, and the 11 species are ikan pedang (Xiphias gladius), marlin hitam (Macaira indica), marlin loreng (Tetrapturus audax), layaran (Istiophorus platypterus), tenggiri (Acanthocybium solandri), cucut selendang biru (Prionace glauca), cakalang (Katsuwonus pelamis), alu-alu (Sphyraena spp.), bawal lonjong (Taractes rubescens), bawal sabit (Taractichthys steindachneri) and ikan gindara coklat  (Lepidocybium sp).

P.T. Permata Marindo Jaya and PT Intan Seafood will be joining forces under the “Supporting the Future of Indonesian Fisheries” logo. These two companies working together cover a wide range of species in both the demeral and pelagic categories. This will allow FIP to organize traceable data on more species in preparation for eventual stock assessment. There are synergisms to be mined by combining the resources, catch data, and traceability expertise of these two companies. They will work toward incorporating traceability in their supply chains over the coming year.

July – December

P.T. Permata Marindo Jaya has undergone the final social. The audit process has been successful certifying they employ safe working conditions and fair labour practices on company owned vessels in in the processing plant.

5 passive VTS have been allocated for use on offshore vessels. They will be installed in January 2017. The use of these passive tracking units will be used to track daily fishing locations and connect daily catch data to location data. The system developed to connect daily catch activity to location is to prepare for the NOAA sustainability law that will become effective 2018 as well as meet market requirements for catch transparency and traceability. These VTS tracking units will be visible on the Google “Global Fish Watch” portal that available to the public.

Catch data continues to be collected and archived in preparation of use in government stock assessment. As of this time there are no uploading capabilities for company developed catch data for use in government stock assessment. In late 2016 the Ministry of Marine Affairs – Fisheries created a Stock Assessment Commission (SAC). The uploading link for archived company catch data is expected in Q2 2017 for use in stock assessment work by the SAC.

 

Click here for a detailed FIP Workplan (PDF)

Click here for a Workplan archive

Click here to view MOU between PT Tuna Permata Rezeki and Reserach Institute for Tuna Fisheries (PDF)