Value capture fisheries in Indonesia

In supporting Indonesia’s efforts to improve fisheries practices, CDI had been involved in the development of curricula, the training of a group of Master Trainers and in the creation of a centre for Excellence.

Indonesia is one of the most prominent fisheries nations, whose marine resources, provide its inhabitants with food, labour and income. However, due to poor fishing techniques, the marine resources are often not adequately managed resulting in depletion of fish stocks. Meanwhile improper handling of captured fish causes losses of about 30% resulting in reduced economic benefits of the supply chain.

Project Objectives

The project objective is to address these problems through training in all aspects of quality control from catch to buyer by:

  • supporting the Human Resource Department of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries by improving its training capacities through the training of trainers and the design of up to date training materials;
  • improving the quality of the education at the Jakarta Fisheries University;
  • improving the handling of capture fisheries in the ports by improving the capacities of fishermen, port managers and port inspectors;
  • supporting the establishment of the Centre of Excellence.

Training of Trainers

Through an intensive ‘train the trainers’ programme a selected group of 24 experts has been trained to become master trainers. These experts have been trained to acquire expertise in providing trainings and in developing training curricula and modules. Their abilities and capacities have been further improved and tested through the provision of seven trainings in three fishing ports during which also the training curricula have been further improved and finalised.

Curriculum Development

Four curricula have been developed that were integrated in the educational programme of the Jakarta Fisheries University, three curricula to train fishermen, port management and fish inspectors. A total of 6 training courses were given to fishermen, 3 training courses for fish inspectors and 3 training courses to port managers in 4 fishing ports. In addition a ‘Code of Practice for Handling of Fish from Fishing Vessel to Market’ is prepared as well as Standard Operating Procedure for fish inspectors, fishermen and port managers plus three posters for use in the fishing ports by the respective target groups.

Valcapfish Centre of Excellence

The other important output is the Centre of Excellence for the capture fishery sector in Indonesia. The Centre’s aim is to contribute to the economic viability of the fisheries sector and to improve income and food security for especially the poorer segments of the Indonesian population. The Centre will be a meeting point for private, public and scientific organisations working in the fisheries sector to analyse, discuss and solve problems encountered in the sector. The Centre will function as a think tank in support of the Ministry in developing policies that ensure the sustainable utilisation of marine resources. The pool of master trainers is an important and essential asset of the Centre.