Supporting sustainable baitfish practices for Pole and Line fishing
John West Australia is working together with the International Pole and Line Federation (IPNLF) and WWF on an Indonesian Pole and Line project. The aim of this project is to develop sustainable baitfish fisheries in several regions within Indonesia that support pole and line tuna fishing operations and human consumption requirements.
Pole and line tuna fisheries around the globe rely predominantly on wild caught baitfish species in order to operate. The sustainability of baitfish harvests has been a critical issue to address for many pole and line fisheries.
Fortunately, the majority of baitfish species found globally, including in Indonesia, have biological characteristics (such as high fecundity, high productivity, rapid growth, short lifespans), which make them relatively resilient to fishing pressure. However these species, if not well managed, can be adversely affected by fishing activities and are highly sensitive to environmental conditions.
The project will assist several baitfish fisheries on the path towards MSC certification and will include, but is not limited to, developing best practice guidelines and related procedures, and an economic feasibility study of baitfish culture operations within the region.