Banda handline tuna fishers attended training on how to release live seabirds caught on fishing lines

Banda handline tuna fishers attended training on how to release live seabirds caught on fishing lines

Fishers who catch yellowfin tuna with handlines in the Banda Sea look for birds and dolphins as signs of the presence of tuna. Although the handline fisheries have little impact on interactions with Endangered, Threatened, or Protected (ETP) species, there is evidence that some seabirds are being caught on the handlines. Examples of this were captured using time-lapse cameras (TLC), installed during August – October 2018 and March-May 2019.  From 317 fishing trips, three interactions with seabirds were recorded in 2018. 

Interaction with seabirds

On 20 and 27 December 2019, we conducted training in the Banda Islands on live seabird releases. 44 fishers/boat captains attended the training. Fishers were trained on how to release the birds and avoid seabird interactions. 

We would like to thank the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) staff who provided training materials about Hook Removal from Seabirds.

Poster showing the method of hook removal from seabird (Source: ACAP, click here to see the original poster)

After the training, the Tuna Banda Stakeholder Forum distributed boat licenses (BPKP and PAS KECIL) to tuna fishers in Waer village, Combir village and Kampung Baru village. This was a form of compliance with a Decree of the Governor of Maluku (Peraturan Gubernur Maluku No. 42a Tahun 2017) and a Decree of  Fisheries Office of Maluku decree (DKP Maluku No 523.3/1026/18k Tahun 2018). 

Helping the Banda Traditional Tuna Fishers to comply with the Fishing regulations

Helping the Banda Traditional Tuna Fishers to comply with the Fishing regulations

In the last 5 years, the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) and LINI have been helping to improve a small-scale fishery of the Yellowfin Tuna in the Banda Archipelago. Since 2017, we have tried to assist the fishers to register their small boats to get their registration number cards, called Bukti Pendaftaran Kapal Perikanan(BPKP). This process has been slow, because there is a lot of documentation that the boat owners need to have. After a long process, to date there are 96 out of 184 boats from Banda Islands that already have BPKP. After receiving BPKP, the boat owners are required to paint the name of the boats on the hull. Since the beginning of August 2019, the fishers have painted their boats’ names on the fishing boats according to the name registered on their BPKP.

This year, the Banda fishery may take part in the Full Assessment of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The MSC is a certification for seafood products that certify wild-caught fishery to meet sustainability, credibility and traceability criteria. One of the MSC principles is Effective Management which reads – “meet all local, national and international laws and must have a management system in place to respond to changing circumstances and maintain sustainability”. This is what the handline tuna Fishery Improvement Projects trying to implement in the field.

Helping tuna fishers to name their boats (photos: Andre)
Khalis Dwi H – An Intern’s Experience, LINI FIP(Fisheries Improvement Project) in Banda Neira

Khalis Dwi H – An Intern’s Experience, LINI FIP(Fisheries Improvement Project) in Banda Neira

The opportunity to become an intern in a marine fishery activity was a blessing for me.  As an undergraduate student of marine science still searching for his identity, this was an opportunity for me get to know myself better, to get to know a new environment in the eastern part of Indonesia, to get to know the life of a fisherman, and to put what I had learnt in lectures into practice in the real world.  Continue reading

Fisheries Improvement Project

Fisheries Improvement Project

A Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) is an industry-led alliance of supply chain groups, from fishers to exporters to buyers, who work together to implement a management plan designed to help the fisheries meet the demands of the international market while reducing illegal fishing practices, habitat destruction and bycatch.

LINI and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership are working together to help the seafood industry in Indonesia develop a Fisheries Improvement Project. LINI’s role is to assist small scale projects by supporting implementation of the projects in the field, including FIP training using SFP FIP tools, facilitating stakeholder consultations, and acting as coordinator for the industry-led FIP.

Information on the industry led FIPs is publicly available on the the industry website, which is administered by LINI. It is our role to assist the FIPs in updating FIP progress on the website, editing and reviewing the progress updates and supporting the administration of FIP implementation.

PT Intimas Surya

PT Intimas Surya

PT Intimas Surya is the fishing and seafood processing company in Bali, who leads handline yellowfin tuna FIP (Fisheries Improvement Project) in Banda Sea, and private sector partner for LINI’s fisheries improvement programme.