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WATKIDAT (26/7) - Through GEF - 6 CFI Indonesia, the Directorate General of Capture Fisheries (DJPT) of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) of the Republic of Indonesia held Technical Guidance (Bimtek) for Fisherman Skills Certification (SKN) and Fish Handling Skills Certification (SKPI) in three pilot villages of the GEF-6 project, namely Kilitay Village, Eastern Seram Regency, Menarbu Village, Teluk Wondama Regency, and Watkidat Village, Southeast Maluku Regency. This Bimtek activity was carried out simultaneously with 26 other villages which had been designated as Advanced Fishermen's Villages (Kalaju). This SKN and SKPI Bimtek is the first batch in Indonesia with the number of participants from 29 Kalaju Candidates reaching 2017 fishermen, spread across 20 Provinces and 28 Regencies. Specifically in the three GEF-6 CFI Indonesia pilot villages, the number of participants reached 169 fishermen.

SKN and SKPI technical guidance specifically for fishermen 5-30 GT is intended to guarantee and ensure shipping safety, work protection for fishing vessel crews, as well as the success of fishing operations. Through this activity, participants gain basic knowledge about shipping and fishing operations, an introduction to work safety and first aid for accidents, as well as food safety and quality assurance of fishing results.

The use of GPS or navigation tools is very important so as not to violate territorial boundaries between provinces or state borders, such as in Watkidat, which is only 6 hours away from Australia. Another benefit of this technical guidance is that fishermen can maintain the quality of fish through the cold hub process or the critical point of fish at a good temperature so that the selling value of fish at the collector level is profitable for fishermen.

Implementation of Fisherman Skills Technical Guidance Simultaneously in 3 locations was carried out on July 25 - 26 by the Directorate of Fish Resources Management in collaboration with the KAPI Directorate. In his remarks to the organizer's report, Muhammad Ikbal representing the Director of KAPI said that the Fisherman Skills Technical Guidance activity was one of the activities that would support the KKP's two priority activities, namely measurable fishing and Kalaju development. Ikbal further conveyed that the output of this activity was that each participant would receive a Fisherman's Proficiency Certificate for both the captain and crew. In accordance with the provisions in KP Ministerial Regulation Number 33 of 2021, a Fisherman's Proficiency Certificate is a requirement for working on a 5-30 GT fishing vessel.

In his virtual direction, the Director of KAPI, Ir. Mansur, M.M. representing the Director General of Capture Fisheries, reaffirmed the mandate from the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries to carry out two priority activities (measurable fishing and development of Kalaju). To realize these two priority policies, one aspect that must be considered is increasing the ability of fishermen/fishing boat crew so that they have competitiveness and competence to work in fishing activities. This is in line with one of the big ideals of the Directorate General of Capture Fisheries, wanting to realize a change in the mindset of fishermen to be "PROUD TO BE A FISHERMAN". Fishermen have long been considered a profession that is not prestigious and marginalized.

"Of course, this tagline should not just be jargon or an expression, but must be put into practice in real policies, programs and activities in the field. "Therefore, through this Technical Guidance for Fishermen's Skills, fishermen have proof of their competence through CERTIFICATES," stressed Mansur. Mansur further explained that it is necessary to eliminate the stereotype that fishermen or fishing boat crew work without having a certificate and are considered a job that does not require any competency. In fact, as is known, work as a fisherman is included in the category of heavy and risky work, so you must be equipped with certain competencies.

Bimtek activities receive support from local regional governments, one of which is Kei Besar Selatan Barat District, Southeast Maluku Regency. Kei Besar Selatan Barat Subdistrict Head, M.N Rahayaan, who also gave guidance to SKN and SKPI Bimtek participants in Watkidat Village. Rahayaan hopes that the participants will take the technical guidance activities seriously and practice them well. "Hopefully the knowledge gained over the next two days can be useful for managing the abundant fish resources in our region, fishermen will be prosperous, and can also share success stories with other villages," said Rahayaan.

This activity is a form of GEF - 6 CFI Indonesia's commitment to implementing Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) in Indonesia and supporting government policies. On a separate occasion, the Director of Fish Resources Management, DJPT KKP, Ridwan Mulyana, said that the PSDI Directorate was supporting and realizing measurable fishing activities and the development of Kalaju in three GEF-6 CFI Indonesia Pilot Villages.


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