WWF Indonesia Leads PT Mustika Minanusa Aurora Achieving the First ASC-Shrimp Ecolabel Certification in Indonesia
Jakarta, Agustus 24th 2017 – Joining the Seafood Savers membership and running Giant Tiger Shrimp farming improvement program in 2015, PT Mustika Minanusa Aurora (PT MMA) officially achieved the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)-Shrimp certification on August 18, 2017. By this achievement, Seafood Savers has successfully led PT MMA to be the first ASC certified company in Indonesia.
"We are so proud to achieve the first ASC-Giant Tiger Shrimp 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.
PT MMA is a shrimp processing company based in Tarakan, North Kalimantan Province. In Aquaculture Improvement Program (AIP) scheme, the company lists Giant Tiger Shrimp (Penaeus monodon) farmed in two pond locations. The two locations are Rusli's pond (4 ponds, 100 Ha) located on Tias Binai Island, Central Tanjung Palas Subdistrict and Suminto/H. Dahari (3 ponds, 15 Ha) in Sungai Bara, East Tanjung Palas Subdistrict, Bulungan District, North Kalimantan. The shrimp farmings are developed with the traditional system, without aeration and without using feed. The total number of products from the two ponds is 20 ton/year.
During the improvement process, activities were conducted with assistance from the WWF-Indonesia technical team. Activities include the improvement and conservation of the surrounding area of the pond through mangrove rehabilitation activities, prevention of protected animal hunting (ETP species) as well as the recording of cultivation activities, such as the use of fertilizer, lime, fry to water quality monitoring and shrimp health.
In addition to the physical improvement of the pond environment, social issues are also an aspect of AIP program. The social aspects are those related to pond workers and communities living around ponds. In terms of workers, there are various things that need to be addressed related to the cooperation between the owner and the farm workers, such as a written contract understood by the farm workers, health insurance and workplace accidents, mitigation and conflict management that may occur in the pond. While related to social issues of society, it is necessary to ensure various things that can minimize negative impacts and maximize the positive impact of ponds for the community as well.
PT MMA also received support from the Government of Tarakan City. Through the Fisheries Offices at Tarakan City, several facilities and training on disease testing on shrimp, regular water quality monitoring and various socialization on how to cultivate shrimp responsibly were conducted.
The final step towards ASC certification is an audit conducted by an independent certification body. The audit was carried out on various documents and records of farming activities, as well as observation and verification. The audit results of PT MMA are officially issued by ASC through www.asc-aqua.org with validity period until 2020.
The success of PT MMA in obtaining the ASC-Shrimp certification proves that the synergy between the 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 enjoyed sustainably. Moreover, the success of PT MMA becomes the first ASC certified company in Indonesia would energize other fishery industry players to be more committed to joining fishery improvement program.