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Indonesia for data sharing

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

THE Republic of Indonesia's minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti, has called on island nations to follow her country's example in publicly sharing their Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) data. This after Indonesia entered into a partnership with Global Fishing Watch to have all Indonesian-flagged fishing vessels in a publicly-available data platform early this month.

Ms Pudjiastuti said this would set the global standard for transparency in the fishing industry.

She said the lack of transparency in the fishing industry was thought to prevent informed resource management decisions and had led to rampant illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing which undermined sustainable management, impacted food security and directly affected the global economy.

"Worldwide, more than 3.1 billion people rely on seafood for almost 20 per cent of their average per capita intake of animal protein and more than half of fish exports by value originate in developing countries.

"Complete transparency through the public exchange of VMS data would assist countries in better monitoring their territorial waters and facilitate cooperative regional surveillance and enforcement. Increased transparency will benefit the oceans and the fishing industry by improving management decisions and strategies, and providing market benefits to seafood suppliers through validation of product source," the minister said in a joint statement with Global Fishing Watch.

Indonesia becomes the first nation ever to allow the public dissemination of their proprietary VMS data.

According to Global Fishing Watch, Ms Pudjiastuti's call for open VMS data from all fishing nations is poised to establish a standard of complete transparency that will allow resource managers and enforcement bodies to effectively govern the world's oceans' resources.

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