Blue Swimming crab cooperative
The cooperative is a unique collaborative approach between the public and the government
Blue Star Foods (USA) and PT Blue Star Nusantara (BSN) have set up what they call the first Blue Swimming crab harvester cooperative in East Lampung province, Indonesia.
The cooperative has been set up with BSN subsidiary, PT Siger Jaya Abadi, in conjunction with Wilderness Markets and includes members from each organisation, plus 37 local crab fishermen.
John R Keeler, CEO of Blue Star Foods USA, said that the cooperative is a unique collaborative approach between the public and the government based on highly inclusive social culture in Indonesia.
"Through the establishment of the cooperative approach, we look to implement solutions that enable gear exchange, creation of Special Management Zones and capture fishery management data necessary to inform management practices and inform data driven harvest control rules, while providing traceability to consumers,” he said.
The cooperative has already met for its first meeting at the Fish Landing Base (PPI) complex, Muara Mas Gading, East Lampung district, which is approximately 3.5 hours away from the capital of the province.
East Lampung district contributes 15% of the total production of blue swimming crab in Indonesia and has been declared by the government to become a pilot initiative fisheries management for Blue Swimming crab sustained by the Directorate of Fish Resources (PSDI), DG Fish, Marine Affairs and Fisheries.
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