Our team of trainers have just finished their third training for 2013. This time 4 new enumerators were hired and trained North of Ambon. The fishery here is highly artisanal and carried out on very small boats (<1 GT). Trips to sea are less than one day and usually a day’s catch for a fisherman comprises of 1-2 large tuna and several smaller individuals, usually skipjack tuna. The large tuna is sold directly to the export market and the small fish are sold locally.
The new enumerators have started collecting data and spreading the word on sustainability in the communities in which they are based.
The training of 6 new enumerators in East Nusa Tenggara is complete, addingl 4 active enumerators in Kupang and 2 in Maumere. The enumerators are now equipped and trained to gather in-depth data from unloading tuna vessels, specifically on catch composition and effort employed. Additionally, they have been coached in interview skills to gather data on the vessels’ interactions with endangered, threatened and protected species.
The Fishing & Living team began a 1 week training of new enumerators for the implementation of our Port Sampling Program for 2 new landing sites in East Indonesia. A total of 6 enumerators will be trained to implement the “Port Sampling Protocol for Artisanal Handline Tuna”. The enumerators are from 2 sites in Nusa Tenggara Timor (NTT), namely; Kupang and Maumere. The topics covered in the training are: Basis sustainability, port sampling on target and bycatch, port sampling on endangered, threatened and protected species, fish identification and data entry. Team building and environmental awareness are important aspects of the training.
The training event will result in 6 new enumerators who will be actively working from 2 newly established fishermen livelihood offices and will submit data to the IFish (developed by IMACS program of USAID) database for compilation and analysis.
The training of the enumerators and the establishment of the fishermen livelihood centers are a partial fulfillment of the work under the USAID grant entitled “Fishing and Living-Enhancement of Indonesian Handline Tuna Fishery: An Integrated Community-Based Approach to Sustainability”.