Indonesia works towards sustainability

The sustainable development of Indonesia's pole and line and hand line tuna fishery should be proritised The sustainable development of Indonesia's pole and line and hand line tuna fishery should be proritised

The International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF) has praised the Indonesian fishing industry’s efforts to increase the market potential for its pole and line and hand line caught tuna.

Following discussions at the recent International Coastal Tuna Business Forum, the country will embark on a programme of initiatives that it says will benefit the overall economy and the country's coastal communities that depend on the tuna fishery.

“There is a genuine, deep rooted desire in Indonesia to move forward with sustainability issues. The government wants to ensure the pole and line and hand line fishery is sustainably managed and carefully progressed in the future,” said John Burton, co-founder, IPNLF.

As the world’s largest tuna fishing nation, Indonesia’s resource is of huge importance to its economy. While pole and line fishing is widely practiced, the country’s fishing industry does not distinguish between pole and line and purse seine tuna, says the IPNLF.

As a result, it is believed a large proportion of pole and line and hand line caught tuna ends up being sold as purse seine.

The new initiatives will also help move Indonesia’s fishery toward the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) process.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian government says it will look to align itself closer to the regional fisheries management organisation (RFMO) in the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

The country is currently a cooperating non-member in the WCPFC and hopes to become a full member by the end of this year.

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