An Indonesian patrol boat conducts anti-illegal fishing operation drill off the coast of Batam, Riau Islands Province, on Nov. 13, 2019. (Antara Photo/M N Kanwa)

MSC Launches Online Training Platform for Sustainable Fisheries

BY :SHANNON CHAI TJOKRORAHARDJO

JULY 23, 2021

Jakarta. Sustainable fishing standards group Marine Stewardship Council, or MSC, has launched an online training platform to propel Indonesia's fisheries towards sustainability.

The training aims to hone fishery stakeholders' technical knowledge on improving sustainability and meeting MSC fisheries standards, which measure the sustainability of wild-capture fisheries.

According to the MSC, Indonesian stakeholders will be the first to test out the online training platform. Also in this program, MSC is teaming up with the Marine Affairs and Fisheries Ministry.

"MSC works closely with the fishing industry in Indonesia, to drive more fisheries towards sustainability. Multi-party collaboration is indeed the key in meeting our standards and every stakeholder needs to have the same understanding in order for fishery improvement efforts to run synergistically," MSC Indonesia program director Hirmen Syofyanto said in a statement on Thursday.

"When the fishery meets our standard, it is necessary to continue this commitment to maintain its certificate, so that the improvement efforts continue and this needs to be supported by all parties,” he added.

Indonesia currently has three MSC-certified fisheries, which demonstrate healthy fish stocks, minimize environmental impacts and have effective management assessed by third party assessors. 

MSC's program also aligns with United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 14 on "life below water", which try to address overfishing, ilegal fishing, and the destruction of ecosystems.

Trian Yunanda —the fish resource management director at the Marine Affairs and Fisheries Ministry— welcomed the partnership with the MSC.

“The Ministry of Marine Affairs and its stakeholders continue our commitment to contribute in the development of various efforts of the realization of sustainable fishery practices in Indonesia," Trian said.

"This training innovation supports the competence of Indonesian stakeholders in understanding the globally recognized MSC sustainable fisheries standard," he said. 

Using a blended-learning approach, 23 participants are expected to complete a self-study course and attend instructor-led online sessions. They will receive training from MSC staffs  and a third-party training consultant with experience in the MSC fisheries assessment. 

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