ASC Awards The First Giant Tiger Prawns Ecolabel Certification in Indonesia | WWF Indonesia

ASC Awards The First Giant Tiger Prawns Ecolabel Certification in Indonesia



Posted on 28 August 2017   |  
Tiger Prawns
© Said Rahmad/WWF-Indonesia
Jakarta, August 28th, 2017 – WWF-Indonesia would like to express their sincere appreciation to PT Mustika Minanusa Aurora (PT  MMA)’s achievement for obtaining the first Giant Tiger Prawns ASC ecolabel certification in Indonesia.
 
“We are so proud to achieve the first ASC-Giant Tiger Prawns certification in Indonesia. We hope this ASC certificate improves our market linkage overseas and benefits the local farmers as well. We shall continue adding farmers to join this ASC certification," Said Wellyono Hiu, Raw Material Purchasing Director of PT MMA.
 
This type of shrimp is originally from Indonesia and being the leading export commodity in Indonesia. The certified shrimp products are harvested from two small scale ponds owned by Rusli and Suminto/H. Dahari in Bulungan District, North Kalimantan. By developing traditional aquaculture system, without aeration and without using feed, those ponds production reaches 20 tons/year. PT MMA, a shrimp processing company based in Tarakan, North Kalimantan Province lists Udang Windu or Giant Tiger Shrimp (Penaeus monodon) farmed in the two ponds to be exported to Japan.

Compliance with the ASC standards for shrimp commodity shows that PT MMA and the farmers are successful in protecting important habitats such as mangrove forest, suppressing threats towards biodiversity, maintaining water quality and minimizing the dissemination of disease on shrimp farming. This breakthrough proves that traditional small scale farming is able to crack and compete with industrial scale ponds to meet international certification standards.
 
WWF-Indonesia, through Seafood Savers program has accompanied PT MMA in aquaculture improvement farming program in Tarakan, North Kalimantan. In the process, the activities cover improvement and conservation of surrounding area of each pond through mangrove rehabilitation activity, prevention of protected animal hunting as well as record farming activities. In addition to the physical improvement of the pond environment, social issues are also being improved, particularly about farm workers and communities living around pond location. PT MMA also receives support from Tarakan Goverment through the Fisheries Offices at Tarakan City.
 
Wawan  Ridwan,  Director of Coral Triangle Program of WWF-Indonesiam believes that the success of PT MMA in obtaining ASC certification can be the role model of a collaborative aquaculture fisheries management policy towards sustainability. The sinergy between fishery industry players (company and farmers), NGOs and the Government will lead the process of marine resource management to its goals, fixing and improving the quality of fishery resources to be harvested sustainably. In aquaculture shrimp farming, PT MMA has been involving each stakeholder in shrimp supply chain and involving the role of shrimp importers and retailers in Japan as well in improving the quality of environtment at production level.
 
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Editorial’s Note:
  • SEAFOOD SAVERS is a business to business platform initiated by WWF-Indonesia to implement fishery improvement in Indonesia through aquaculture annd capture improvement program towards MSC and ASC standard. For more information go to www.seafoodsavers.org.
  • ASC or Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is an independent non-profit organization which develops third party certification scheme for sustainable and aquaculture farming. ASC mission is to transform aquaculture fisheries practices into more sustainable and responsible practices. For more information go to https://www.asc-aqua.org/
  • Currently, Indonesia is among the highest shrimp producers in the world. Indonesia’s shrimp production competes with India, Vietnam, Ecuador, China, Thailand and Argentina. The main market share of shrimp export products are Japan, the United States and Europe. According to Badan  Pusat  Statistik  (BPS) or Indonesian Central Bereau of Statistics data, the total number of exported shrimps reached 136,5 thousand tons with a value to US$1,13 billion during January to August 2016. The export shrimp volume increased 6,84%, while the value increased 3,75%.  
 
 For more information on Seafood Savers, please contact:
  • Dwi Aryo Tjiptohandono, Marine & Fisheries Communication Coordinator, WWF-Indonesia
Email: daryo@wwf.id, Hp: +62812-9340-0626
  • Abdullah Habibi, Aquaculture & Fisheries Improvement Manager, WWF-Indonesia
Email: ahabibi@wwf.id, Hp: +62811-8114-193
 
AboutWWF-Indonesia
WWF-Indonesia is an Independent national conservation organization and is a part of WWF global network, WWF work in Indonesia began in 1962 with research on Javan Rhino in Ujung Kulon and currently WWF-Indonesia is actively working in 30 field areas spreading across 17 provinces from Aceh to Papua. WWF-Indonesia is supported by 500 staffs and collaborates with government, local communities, private sector, NGOs, civil society and public in general. From 2006 to 2013, WWF-Indonesia is accountable to its 64.000 Supporters who provide their support through various fundraising program initiated by WWF in Indonesia.www.wwf.or.id.

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