Despite its enormous potential in capture fisheries, Indonesia has been facing continuous and complex problems which prevent it from giving a maximum contribution to the gross domestic products (GDP) and improving the fishers' welfare. It is a disheartening issue as the fisheries and marine resources are essential assets to the national development.
Habitat degradation and overfishing has moreover depleted marine resources as an impact of overexploiting essential fishery commodities. These commodities will rapidly cease to exist if not managed sustainably.
Fisheries Resource Center of Indonesia (FRCI) was initiated after many discussions with fishery experts from universities and organizations who recognize the importance of data management as the basis for formulating public policies.
As one of the working units under the Rekam Jejak Alam Nusantara Foundation, FRCI is established to provide an alternative to fisheries analysis and management of sustainable marine resources based on scientific data with the vision of "Sustainability and Justice for Indonesian Fisheries". Through FRCI, we expect to contribute our ideas in addressing national fisheries issues, as well as providing alternative breakthroughs in facing many challenges in the future.
The FRCI research team comprises marine conservation fisheries researchers and activists with over two decades of experience working with communities, governments, and private sector, through data management, knowledge and capacity building, and policy advocacy in the marine and fisheries subject.
Dr. Irfan Yulianto currently works at the REKAM Foundation and IPB University. As a member of FRCI Advisory Board, Irfan has a history of research in fisheries, marine biology, and environmental and conservation sciences for over 20 years. Irfan's vast research experiences includes community-based natural resource management, marine conservation area management and networking, species conservation, and sustainable fisheries, enriching the perspective and analysis of FRCI's research.
With compelling skills in big data management, GIS analysis, Marxan, and Rstudio for fisheries modeling, Irfan has published various credible publications, ranging from technical reports, books, proceedings, and national to international peer-reviewed papers. His ability to work closely with stakeholders also supported his research experience, from coastal communities and local governments, to high-level policy and decision-makers in the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries.
Dr. Toni Ruchimat has made a brilliant career in the marine and fisheries field. He received his undergraduate degree from IPB University, master's degree from Kochi University, Japan, and doctoral degree from Ehime University, Japan. He was the Head of the Fishery Research Center (2017-2019), following his service as the Director of Fish Resources Management (2015 - 2017 and 2013-2015), the Director of Fishing Port (2015), the Director of Conservation Areas and Fish Species (2013 - 2015), and the Director of Small Islands Empowerment (2009 - 2011). After completed his structural career in the MMAF, he continued to work as a permanent lecturer in the Graduate School of the Conservation Program at the Jakarta Fisheries University (Politeknik AUP). He actively advocates conservation issues through scientific publications, seminars, workshops, and international conferences. As a member of FRCI Advisory Board, he supports the effort in maintaining sustainable coastal and marine resources in Indonesia.
Yudi Herdiana joined Rekam Nusantara Foundation (RNF) as a Senior Advisor in 2019 with over 20 years of experience in marine conservation and fisheries. Yudi built his career in Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia Program (WCS-IP) as a coral reef ecologist, whose tasks including conducting ecological surveys of coral reef, data analysis, data-based management, and geographic information system. Over the past 10 years, Yudi has been assigned as the WCS-IP Marine Program Manager and gained experiences in budgeting, human resource management, developing strategic planning programs, and fundraising. Yudi represents the RNF in supporting the government (MMAF) in developing systems, policies, and regulations in marine protected areas (MPAs) and fishery management. He has extensive experiences in coral reef ecosystem management, MPAs spatial planning, management and assessment of fisheries stock, management of database, and developing campaign material. He completed his master degree in Fisheries System and Modeling at the IPB University and is currently pursuing a joint-doctoral degree at the IPB University and Murdoch University. Yudi holds a license as Master Scuba Diver and enjoys diving and underwater photography and videography as hobby.
Born in Garut 1982, Efin completed his bachelor degree in the Department of Marine Science of the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science, IPB University. He continued his graduate degree in the Department of Coastal Resource and Small Island Management, IPB University. Efin has had over 15 years of experience in marine conservation, specifically in developing effective management for national parks; Karimunjawa and Taka Bonerate National Park as project implementation sites. He is a diver with a dive master certificate from the Scuba School International. Efin specializes in conducting monitoring for coral reef ecosystems, coral bleaching surveys, and involves in several coral reef ecosystem surveys in many areas in Indonesia.
In the past seven years, Efin contributes in conservation effort focusing specifically on sharks and rays. He helps the Indonesian government in supporting sharks and rays conservation policies including development of the first Non-Detriment Finding in Indonesia. He also supports the Indonesian government in the international conventions, i.e., Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), CITES, and IUCN.
As a Project Leader in FRCI, Heidi leads the development of IKAN, an initiative in fisheries data collection and management. Currently, volunteers are collecting data of demersal fish (snapper, grouper, and threadfin bream), crabs, and sharks, using IKAN system. Data is collected using Android-based application by enumerators in several fish landing sites, such as Pati (Central Java), North Lombok (West Nusa Tenggara), and Pangkajene Islands (South Sulawesi). Her experiences in fisheries management projects/initiatives include the capacity in networking with various stakeholders, i.e., government, academics, and civil society organizations. Through IKAN, she actively engages fisheries stakeholders to support the development of fishery data in Indonesia. Tyas received her master degree in Marine Science from IPB University and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in the University of Rostock, Germany, funded by the DAAD Doctoral Research Grant Programmes.
Annisya Rosdiana, or Anyes, received her undergraduate and master degree in Marine Science from IPB University. She has been actively contributing in many initiatives related to marine and fisheries since 2013, including the development of marine debris action plan, studies on climate change vulnerability, and studies on socio-economic development in coastal regions. In 2019, Anyes joined an international NGO working on the designation and management of 29 conservation areas. She took part in supporting the development of pelagic protected areas, the development of evaluation tools for marine protected areas (MPAs), and conducted institutional assessment for conservation areas. She was promoted as a Fisheries Coordinator in the same organization in 2020 to manage fisheries management program, including to supervise the compilation and implementation of fisheries management planning and harvest strategy at national level and provincial level, as well as developing and implementing the Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP). Anyes joined FRCI in 2021 as a Project Leader in implementing Ocean Accounts Pilot in Indonesia to support the national program for sustainable fisheries and conservation areas.
Born in Madiun in 1990, Oktavianto completed his bachelor at the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science in 2012 and master degree in 2016 at the IPB University. He joined FRCI in March 2021 as a Project Leader in program implementation in Central Java. Prior to joining FRCI, Oktavianto has been involved in sustainable fisheries programs, conservation areas, and facilitation for the coastal community for over seven years. He developed fishery management programs and conservation for Wedgefish and Giant Guitarfish in the northern coast of Java, particularly in Central Java, through collaboration with the provincial government through the Department of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Central the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science of Diponegoro University.
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