The Indonesian Tuna Fishery – North Halmahera

Where does your tuna come from?

North Halmahera is one of the regencies in North Maluku Province of Indonesia. The principal settlements are Tobelo, Kao and Galela. The area is noted for its white beaches and coral reefs. North Halmahera is located at coordinates 1.7319°S 128.0078°E.

Who caught your tuna?

Your tuna is caught by one of many handline fishermen that live in Tobelo area. Handline fishermen from North Halmahera Regency catch Yellowfin tuna using small single-handed boats that go out to sea for 1 day at a time. Fishermen travel out to sea in groups and locate tuna schools using natural cues such as dolphins or birds, as tuna naturally associate with these. Fishermen then use highly selective handline gear: one man, one line, one hook, one tuna. An average daily catch usually consists of 1 to 3 fish.

Fishery Improvement Project

Through its Fishing & Living program, Anova Food is supporting improvements in the Indonesian Handline tuna fishery in many different locations across Indonesia. In partnership with NGOs such as MDPI and the Indonesian government, Fishing & Living is engaged in the Indonesian Handline tuna Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) that aims for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. Fishing & Living is also focused on improving the well being of the fishermen and their communities through community projects.