Snapper and grouper are two fishery commodities with high economic value. Every year, these two types of fish have high demand from all corners of the world. With great potential, Indonesia then becomes a supplier of snapper and grouper needs for the global market.
Even though the SNAPPER work program funded by USAID Indonesia ends in May 2022, the collaboration with private partners and the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) in the Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) for deep sea snapper-grouper fisheries will continue until 2024. Partners members of the FIPs are also becoming more aware of and complying with the requirements set out in FIPs, for example, reducing catches of juvenile fish by at least 5 percent.
During 2020-2021, six FIP partner companies have succeeded in reducing the purchase of juvenile snapper (small or juvenile fish, not yet reproducing) to below 5 percent (the standard value for maintaining sustainable fish populations). In January 2022, PT Berkat Agung Indonesia joined the FIP, and PT Sukses Lautan Indonesia rejoined the FIP by complying with the requirements for purchasing raw materials related to juvenile fish.
YKAN's FIP program, which has been running for three years, remains at A status (Advanced Progress) based on the results of reporting to Fishery Progress.org.
Upcoming FIP Plans
After the SNAPPER project is over, FIP will hold a meeting with various stakeholders to discuss several important matters, such as the socialization of social responsibility requirements for all workers in the supply chain of each FIP member, especially the supplying fishermen. In addition, it also socializes fishermen's complaints mechanism. The Destructive Fishing Watch (DFW) organization has now initiated the fisherman complaint mechanism platform in collaboration with the KKP named the National Fishers Center (NFC). This mechanism will inform all fishermen in the supply chain from FIP members. Socialization of fisherman complaint mechanisms and recognition of fishermen's human rights will begin in January-June 2023.
FIP will promote practice guidelines for managing plastic waste, domestic waste, and loss of fishing gear to reduce discharges into the sea resulting from these fisheries. FIP will also introduce a code of conduct for shark fining practices.