The Indonesian handline fishery – North Sulawesi

Where does your tuna come from?

The tuna was caught along the coast of the North-Eastern Indonesian province of North Sulawesi. Fishermen from North Sulawesi predominantly fish in the Celebes and Molucca Seas.

How was your tuna caught?

Handline fishermen from North Sulawesi catch Yellowfin tuna using boats that go out to sea for 1 to 5 days at a time. One boat can contain one to five fishermen, depending on the size of the boat. Fishermen usually 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 line, one hook, one tuna. An average daily catch usually consists of 1 to 3 fish per fisherman.

Who caught your tuna?

Your tuna was caught by one of the hundred of handline fishermen that live in North Sulawesi. Fishermen live with their families in small coastal communities, usually located close to their fishing grounds.

Sustainability and Social Responsibility

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.