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Indonesia's Buru Island fishermen given prestigious certificate for sustainable fishing by Made Anthony Iswara June 08,2020   |  Source: The Jakarta Post

Nine fishermen’s associations made up of 123 fishers at a fishery on Buru Island, Maluku, Indonesia, have been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) with the ecolabel, which indicates that the associations’ catch meet the international best practices for sustainable fishing.

With the award, they become the first handline yellowfin tuna fishery in the world, and the second recipient in Indonesia, to be certified with the MSC standard.

“We’re extremely proud seeing the first Indonesian handline yellowfin tuna fishery meet the highest standard for sustainability. Indonesia is committed to supporting its small-scale fishers and sustainable tuna fisheries, and this MSC certification sets an example for other small-scale fisheries in Indonesia and around the world," Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo said as quoted by an MSC press release.

The recognition also marks another step toward sustainable fishing ahead of World Oceans Day on June 8, with small-scale fishermen as the backbone of such efforts.

Small-scale fishers make up around 90 percent of fishermen in Indonesia, according to Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry data in 2015. There are 572,270 fishing boats in the country, 506,720 of which are boats smaller than 5 gross

 

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Theme(s): Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods.

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