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Promoting innovative solutions for Indonesian tuna fisheries. A recent, collaborative initiative led by the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) aims to improve and promote innovative solutions for Electronic Monitoring (EM) and Electronic Catch-Documentation and Traceability (eCDT) among Indonesian fisheries.

An article on their website states:

“Making the first move generally takes courage but is always vital to drive systemic change. At IPNLF we recognise our role as changemakers in the seafood and fishing industry and dare to take the next step in new initiatives. One of our recent, collaborative endeavours – one which we are excited to take forward – is our role in the establishment of the First Movers Forum and its recent online launch. The First Movers primary goal is to improve and promote innovative solutions for Electronic Monitoring (EM) and Electronic Catch-Documentation and Traceability (eCDT) among Indonesian fisheries through the widespread implementation of the latest technology and through commercializing these solutions with stakeholders in the seafood and fishing industry.

“Indonesia’s tuna fisheries are complex to say the least. They cover a range of gear types, most of which are traditional and small-scale fishing methods, across a vast archipelago, which operate at various scales across a very long, disaggregated supply chain. This means that they require unique and practical solutions for fishery monitoring and traceability technology which deliver on government and market objectives.

“IPNLF are long-standing supporters of these fisheries and, together with Asosiasi Perikanan Pole and Line dan Handline Indonesia (AP2HI) and the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), have been working with companies and other partners throughout the tuna supply chain to develop new technologies in the EM and eCDT space.

“Our collaboration aims to:

  • highlight the existing work by Indonesian companies in the seafood sector and government;
  • develop and harmonize best practices across the sector;
  • and bridge the gap for improved collaboration between the public and private sectors to ensure sustainable and equitable tuna fisheries are realized in Indonesia.

“Our key initiatives in the past have sought to improve traceability, fisheries monitoring, and scientific fishery data collection. These have been accompanied by a rapid growth in new EM and eCDT technologies that can support and streamline the achievement of government and market objectives, especially as they are increasingly affordable and able to be commercialized to fulfil an operational demand or even wellbeing component in the fishery; we expect these fit-for-purpose solutions to  be able to scale and be implemented throughout our fisheries in the future.

“With that in mind, Yayasan IPNLF Indonesia has launched our latest initiative, the ‘First Mover Forum’ in collaboration with AP2HI and MMAF, to harmonize development in the EM and eCDT space with a webinar last week that was attended by an incredible 150 fishery representatives, the majority of which from the private sector. The forum is a voluntary cross-sectoral group which represents government, industry, markets, NGOs and tech firms. Members fall into 3 categories; market members who can be either market end or customer facing, advisory members which include NGOs and technology experts, groups or associations and finally, executive members who are those working in government, seafood processing or as vessel owners. Members share a common vision to champion innovative solutions in electronic catch documentation and traceability (eCDT) as well as in electronic monitoring (EM). They are tasked to achieve maximum alignment between government and private sector objectives within Indonesian one-by-one tuna fisheries and supply chains.”