Dec. 14, 2014 The Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) in Luwuk/Banggai, Central Sulawesifor the handline bottomfish fishery has been in place for over 3 years. Through the guidance of WWF Indonesia Seafood Savers, Sea Delight has been conducting a program of Logbook Data collection and other activities to collect information on the multiple target species of the fishery.
- Logbook Data Collection.
The logbook data records the volume of purchased raw material based on Sea Delight’s local supplier’s receiving receipts. This data has been collected since 2011 and finally reached its third year of collection in October, 2014. This data can now be used to analyze reef fish stock in the fishery and has been shared with WWF Seafood Savers for analysis. However, as per the last discussion with Seafood Saver Staff, The Logbook data will continue to be collected since it is required to monitor the stock as well as to maintain the product traceability.
- Scientific Data Collection
Also being collected is data based on gonad (sexual) maturity level. Individual fish length composition, which is standard length, tail fork length, total length in centimeters and weight in kilos as well as sex identification are entered onto the data collection form daily. This data collection project has been implemented for over 1 year at the date of this writing.
Scientific Data Collection
- Android Platform Landing Data Collection
In 3 fishing communities in the fishery a new method of catch data collection is being tested. Instead of paper records android tablets are used to record and upload the data. The application itself is called “AKVO” and the data has just started to be collected since September 2014 in 3 different fishing communities; Pagimana, Pangkalasean and Banggai Laut.
The data collected using the AKVO system records the number of fishermen, number of boats, boat’s engine size, length of the vessel and the catch of each target species. The program is also being used to compile a fish name dictionary in the local dialect. Everyday, enumerators standby in thelanding station to interview the fishers for all the data required in the AKVO form. This data is sent to the WWF Seafood Savers administrator automatically whenever an internet connection is available.
Actual AVCO form on screen
Currently satellite communication devices using GPS satellite technology are being tested to help map the fishing grounds and test capability for fishers to communicate with simple messages; “I am OK”, “I see illegal fishing” and “Emergency Help!”. In the small fishing community of Pangkalasean one vessel has been using the SPOT device successfully.
This November was the first trial of using SPOT in Banggai Laut area. Since there are many fishing grounds in this area, the enumerator will give the SPOT alternately to one fisher per village per month or two or per fishing season.
More reports will follow as our progress with the Luwuk/Banggai FIP continues.