APRI wins IMACS-USAID grant for Rajungan FIP

APRI wins IMACS-USAID grant for Rajungan FIP

by May 1, 2015 0 comments

APRI wins a grant for Blue Swimming Crab Fishery Improvement Project in Southeast Sulawesi for year 2015 from Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Indonesia Marine and Climate Support Project (IMACS). Chemonics, the Buyer, acting on behalf of the U.S. Agency for USAID and IMACS is soliciting offers from companies and organizations to submit proposals to participate with IMACS to build upon the successful creation of the multi-stakeholder DMC and successful implementation of data collection in mini-plants, IMACS seeks to engage a company to expand the availability of fishery data via self-reporting by stakeholders, as a first step towards establishing auditable control documents and a transparent traceability system.

SE Sulawesi is an important pilot area for the IMACS project in that approximately 1,200 – 2,000 mt per annum of blue swimming crab are caught. Meetings between APRI and IMACS suggest that because SE Sulawesi is a relatively minor area for blue swimming crab production, in which only a subset of APRI members are active, it may be a conducive region in which to conduct a pilot activity to form a fisheries management structure that demonstrates the benefits that can be achieved via collaboration. The province is in the center of the Coral Triangle and successful activities undertaken in the province can be replicated to other provinces and districts.

Through support of the NFI Crab Council of US importers, the Asosiasi Pengelolaan Rajungan Indonesia (APRI) has been driving the Blue Swimming Crab sustainability initiative in Indonesia since 2007. APRI is an industry trade-association comprised of blue swimmer crab processors and exporters. The fishery directly employs more than 65,000 fishermen and 130,000 women working in mini-plants and factories. Blue swimmer crab fisheries indirectly impact thousand of others from mini-plant owners, gear manufacturers, middlemen, ice vendors, and fisher communities. APRI members campaign sustainable crab harvest to the supply chain through protecting premature stocks and allowing crab to grow to mature size.  Collaborating with Universities, fishery scientists, and eNGO’s. Supporting the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) to develop a national Fishery Management Framework, and working closely with Fishers community to establish community based fishery management.

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