By Supin Wongbusarakum
With the support of the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Project (BOBLME), the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (Kementerian Kelautan dan Perikanan or KKP) recently organized two training courses on the Essential Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM).
The first course was conducted in Padang, from November 10 to 14, and the second in Medan, from November 17 to 21, 2014. Dr. Jarin Sawanboonchun (BOMLME EAFM training coordinator) and Dr. Supin Wongbusarakum from NOAA PIFSC CRED served as EAFM process and technical resource experts in Pandang, offering guidance and advice to both participants and trainers throughout the course. Dr. Wongbusarakum also participated in the first part of the Medan workshop. Mr. Christovel Rotinsula, the NOAA in-country coordinator for Indonesia, successfully completed the course as a trainee.
Three EAFM trainers from Indonesia, previously trained by BOBLME and NOAA, Dr. Muklis Kamal from the Marine Fisheries Science Faculty of Bogor Agricultural Institute, Dr. Hary Suharyanto from the Jakarta Fisheries University, and Mr. Abdullah Habibie of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Indonesia served as excellent facilitators in both courses. Dr. Yulistio from The Human Resource Development Agency Training Center (BPSDM) of Directorate of Fish Resources Management at KKP gave a plenary session on the plan for institutionalizing the Essential EAFM training to build capacity on fisheries management throughout Indonesia.
A total of fifty-two participants, 40 men and 12 women, were trained. In Padang, 23 participants from district and provincial fisheries offices and fishing ports from West Sumatra, including Riau Province (Dumai District, Bengkalis District, and Rokan Hilir District), and West Sumatra Province (Pesisir Selatan District and Padang), and fishing ports (Sikakap, Carocok Tarusan, and Bungus) participated in the Padang course. In Medan, 29 participants from North Sumatra, including Aceh Province (Lhoseumawe District, North Aceh District), North Sumatra Province, (Serdang Bedagai District, Tanjung Balai, Lankat District and Deli Serdang) and Port of Belawan. The experiences and lessons learned from these training workshops will contribute to future Essential EAFM trainings in Indonesia and other regions.