The Indonesian Tuna Fishery – TUAL

Where does your tuna come from?

Tual is a city in Maluku Province of Indonesia. The city, called Kota Tual in Indonesian, is within the Kei Islands. The Tual City area is bordered by Southeast Maluku Regency in the south and east and the Banda Sea in the north and west. Its landscape remain faithful to their traditional culture, its beaches well-maintained to its natural form, and its underwater beauty untouched by pollution. Tual is rich of sea products. Fishery, contributes significantly to the local economy, in which there were 30,638 tons of seafood products from the city in 2019, ranging from tuna to shrimp. This place is situated in South West Maluku, Maluku, Indonesia, its geographical coordinates are 5° 40′ 0″ South, 132° 45′ 0″ East.

Who caught your tuna?

Your tuna is caught by one of handlines fisherman that live in Tual. Handline fisherman from Tual using small-single handed boats that go out to sea for 1 day at a time. Fisherman travel out to sea in groups and locate tuna position using natural cues such as dolphins or birds, as tuna naturally associate with these. Fisherman then use highly selective handline gear: one man, one line, one hook, one tuna. An average daily catch usually consists of 1 till 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.