As many as 35 UB academicians participate in the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) sustainable fisheries standard training for two days (26 / 1-27 / 1/2020). This training aims to deepen scientific studies on sustainable fisheries. Training and training certificates are needed to produce professional staff for audits to ensure that Indonesian fisheries can be sustainable.
Besides attended by UB Academic Community, the training was also attended by representatives of East Java Marine and Fisheries Service (DKP).
“In the current global era and along with the growth population, including in East Java, we are faced with the challenges of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing. We agree on a program that encourages the effectiveness of fisheries benefits and we really appreciate this training so that academics and all related parties can make a real contribution to the sustainability of fish resources in East Java, “said the Head of East Java Marine and Fisheries Service, Mohammad Gunawan Saleh.
Meanwhile, the head of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Hirmen Sofyanto said this training aims to increase the role of academics and local governments as stakeholders in East Java in order to equalize a deep understanding of MSC sustainability standards.
“This training is expected to accelerate the progress of the FIP built by the KKP,” said Hirmen Syofyanto.
In the training, participants received materials on MSC Capacity Development Level 1 and Chain of Custody / CoC Chain of Custody Standards. With the online training method, participants also hold discussions in training sessions.
On the first day of training, participants received material on the three MSC Fisheries Standard Principals, a Risk Based Framework (RBF), the link of MSC to fisheries improvement and fisheries improvement tools. The following day participants explored the five standard principles of the MSC Chain of Custody, three versions of the Chain of Custody and preparation for audits.
The MSC Fisheries Standard covers three principles, namely Stocks Sustainability, Reducing Ecosystem Impacts and Effective Fisheries Management. CoC certification provides assurance that a product with the MSC ecolabel originates from a certified fishery and can be traced along the supply chain to a certified source.
The training was also filled with discussion and question and answer sessions. Many questions arise that focus on technical assessments, such as how to determine the Unit of Assessment and Unit of Certification. Participants were also asked to answer Fishery Case Studies, develop a Chain of Custody audit schedule and describe the supply chain. After the deepening of the material was finished, the training was closed with a discussion of the follow-up of the training and the cooperation program for fisheries improvement between MSC and Universitas Brawijaya in the future.
“All parties in the fisheries improvement program, including fisheries experts and scientists, are important to understand the basis and way of implementing FIP. Universitas Brawijaya agrees that academics have a big role in the progress of sustainable fisheries in East Java as well as marketing fishery products in accordance with statutory regulations, “said Prof. Dr. Ir. Happy Nursyam, M.S., Dean of the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences, Unversitas Brawijaya. (* / Humas UB/ Trans. Iir).