A consultant team working with the United States Agency for International Development’s Sustainable Ecosystems Advanced Project (USAID SEA) completed in March 2019 an assessment of catch reporting practices in the eastern Indonesian provinces of North Maluku and West Papua. The assessment was done to support a USAID SEA effort to assist the development and establishment of a logbook reporting system for small-scale fisheries, which is currently not specifically provided for in Indonesian law. The assessment findings were presented on 9 April 2019 to a consultative meeting of agencies under the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) involved in the logbook initiative. The general finding was that the scope and process of catch monitoring vary across the local governments and that, were it not for the data collected by non-governmental organizations, data availability would be a bigger issue than it already is. As well as paper-based logbook reporting, various apps are used to report catch data.
The assessment team also presented their proposed mechanism for facilitating and managing the flow of data and information from small-scale fishing. The mechanism, which will be further consulted with government authorities at both local and national levels, is seen to fall largely under provincial- and district-level government authority, and is proposed to be integrated with the national system.
The assessment findings and recommendations will be used as inputs for the revision of MMAF Decree 48/2014 requiring logbook reporting from fishing vessels. Further inputs for the revision were generated in the discussion session that reviewed the assessment team’s presentation.
The meeting ended with an agreement to conduct a series of follow-up meetings focused on the revision of MMAF Decree 48/2014.