Indonesia – Hand line – Loligo chinensis – FAO 57 (Indian Ocean, Eastern)
Fishery client: PT TOBA SURIMI INDUSTRIES, RAI SEAFOOD. Website: www.tobasurimi.com Fishing area: FAO 57, FMA 571 – Malacca Strait and Andaman Sea. Fishing vessels: The Company has a fleet of 14 vessels. Vessels audited on site as fleet samples: 0238; 0245; 0235. Fishing method: Hand line. Certified species: Scientific name: Loligo chinensis; Common name: Common Chinese squid.
Management summary The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) is responsible for the management of the fisheries sector in Indonesia. The mission of the MMAF is to apply principles of responsible, competitive and sustainable management of marine and fisheries resources. The audited species can be caught in compliance with the Document nº QMS – 0001, which specifies the allowed species and catching areas.
Stock status summary The Minister Decree issued in 2011 (KEP 45/MEN/2011) about the status and potential estimates of fish resources in each Fisheries Management Areas (FMAs), which was intended to be used as a basis for managing fisheries resources, has considered the L. chinensis as not overexploited and overfished in the Malacca strait or FMA 571.
Bycatch / discards There is no accidental catches. According to the auditor, the only species that is caught by the fleet is the L. chinensis.
Habitat Impact The fishery occurs only in regulated areas (5‒10 miles from the shore) and complies with the regulation of Marine Protected Areas. The fishing gear used is a traditional hand line that does not affect the seabed.
Social Accountability performance The fleet complies with the human rights and Indonesian labour regulations.
Conclusion with reasons for approval Despite of major and minor non-conformities (failures related to the type of gas used in the air conditioning of the vessels, traceability procedures, among others), the fleet complied with Friend of the Sea requirements. The procedure of non-conformity was closed when the company sent documents showing that the irregularities pointed out by the auditor were being corrected.