Capital investment in fisher community infrastructure: improving livelihoods through job creation and access to services.

With four planned sites, North Atlantic Inc. (NAI) and PT Bali Seafood International (BSI) are building out a network of Fishery Center’s of Excellence throughout the Indonesian archipelago. Our fishery management model is a community-first approach. Only by supporting the men and women closest to the fishery can we achieve meaningful gains in sustainability.

Each Fishery Center of Excellence will address the broken cold chain, educate on responsible fishing practices and financial management, and be a platform for fishery management decisions.

Processing plant, ice plant and cold storage
The processing plant, ice making and cold storage facilities are generating a majority of the 150 new jobs at each Fishery Center of Excellence. Ice plants answer the need for cold chain stability at the start of the supply chain. While it may seem a simple addition, ice and containers on-board will go a long way in reducing spoilage, which means fishers earn a better price for their catch.

Additionally, processing the fish shortly after landing them will make a world of difference in value-capture. The mini-processing plants on site will provide stable employment for community members and tie the source directly to the final product. All will be built under strict BRC standards and with positive working conditions in mind.

Gear shops
Access to proper gear is critical in cutting down by catch and sea garbage. The Fishery Center’s of Excellence will include a gear shop to provide appropriate fishing gear at or near the price of second-hand industrial gear many fishers use today. Not only is the second-hand industrial gear hazardous to the marine environment, it also poses a danger to the fishers using it. It’s especially hazardous for handline fishers because their hands are exposed to the fraying lines.

These equipment depots will be owned by the local communities to ensure improvement of fishing gear in circulation. They will be fully managed and operated by the communities with BSI oversight.

It is indeed a small detail in the grand scheme, but for the fishers, it will no doubt make a difference in their lives:

  • Physically, it will reduce nuisance injuries and ailments
  • Mentally, it will give them a greater sense of pride in their work and
  • Financially, it will help them be more productive.

Fisheries governance, education center, and technology center
Fisher community representation in management decisions is essential to our model. Most importantly, they need the tools to make informed decisions. That’s why we are engaging Indonesian governing bodies and international development funders to build the resources for the fishers to take part in governance.

Between the education center, technology center, and a space for administrative offices, the Fishery Center of Excellence is meant to be the fishery’s home base. The education center will house training on sustainable fishing practices, vessel maintenance and management, also communicate fishery updates.

The Fishery Center of Excellence model will create new and stable employment, increase incomes, and improve infrastructure. We believe this holistic approach is the most effective way to invest in the future of the Indonesian archipelago.