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Social Responsibility, Stock Rebuilding Strategies, and Harvest Control Rules Toward the West Nusa Tenggara Snapper-Grouper Fisheries Breaching the International Market

Ditulis oleh Admin | 27 June 2023


Snapper and grouper are economic and important fisheries commodities in Indonesia. Specifically for the waters of Saleh Bay included in FMA 713, a Fisheries Improvement Project or FIP has been launched in 2022 for malabar blood snapper (Lutjanus malabaricus) and leopard coral grouper (Plectropomus leopardus) so that they can gain ecolabel, thus increasing competitiveness along with sustainability. In order to make this program a success, the West Nusa Tenggara Provincial Marine and Fisheries Agency, supported by Rekam Nusantara Foundation unit Fisheries Resource Center of Indonesia (FRCI), Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Indonesia, KFW, and the Scientific Forum for Sustainable Fisheries Management in West Nusa Tenggara Province (FIP2B-NTB), held a Social Responsibility Outreach and agreed on a Stock Rebuilding Strategy and Harvest Control Rules for Snapper and Grouper Fisheries in Saleh Bay Waters, West Nusa Tenggara Province, FMA 713.

The activity was held on Tuesday, June 20th 2023, at the Aston Hotel, Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara. The event was attended by representatives from the West Nusa Tenggara Provincial Marine and Fisheries Agency, West Nusa Tenggara Sub-National Development Planning Agency, West Nusa Tenggara Regional Board of Indonesian Fishers Association, FIP2B-NTB, the Rekam Nusantara Foundation FRCI unit, WCS Indonesia, Bentang Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Saleh Bay Marine Surveillance Group, MSC Indonesia, WRI Indonesia, as well as business ventures, fisher groups, and fish entrepreneurs on site.

The event was opened with a report from the Chair of Rekam Nusantara Foundation, Dr. Irfan Yulianto, regarding the progress assessment results of the Saleh Bay snapper-grouper FIP which received an A rating from FisheryProgress.org, followed by the opening remarks from the Head of the West Nusa Tenggara Provincial Marine and Fisheries Agency, Muslim, S.T, M.Sc. Then, the socialization of the Human Rights Policy and Social Responsibility Fisheries Improvement Program (FIP HRSR Policy) was carried out by Annisya Rosdiana from FRCI, followed by the presentation of the MERA analysis results for malabar blood snapper (Lutjanus malabaricus) and leopard coral grouper (Plectropomus leopardus) in Saleh Bay by Mohamad Natsir from the National Research and Innovation Agency and a discussion of strategies for rebuilding malabar blood snapper and leopard coral grouper fish stocks in Saleh Bay led by the Chair of FIP2B-NTB, Soraya Gigentika.

Finally, the event was closed with the signing of a policy statement on Human Rights and Social Responsibilities of FIP Snapper and Grouper in Saleh Bay by the stakeholders involved in the FIP. By signing the policy statement, Teluk Saleh FIP is expected to be able to build and implement human rights and social responsibility policies in fisheries management, including a code of ethics and a grievance reporting mechanism.

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