The Indonesian Tuna Fishery – South Halmahera

Where does your tuna come from?

South Halmahera is one of the regencies in North Maluku Province of Indonesia. The regency is an archipelago because most of its territory is an island surrounded sea, namely the Maluku Sea, Halmahera Sea and Seram Sea. South Halmahera an area with extremely high numbers of coral and fish species and considered as the epicenter of global marine biodiversity. South Halmahera is located at coordinates 0.3955°S 127.90833°E.

Who caught your tuna?

Your tuna is caught by one of many handline fishermen that live in Obi Island and Bacan Island. Handline fishermen from South Halmahera 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.