The TLFF sustainable fisheries initiative encourages public-private partnerships to support sustainable fisheries market development through data-driven policies and management.

Program Pillars

Program Integration
E-Logbook Optimization
Capacity Building
Business and Private Sector Prototype

Project Roadmap

  1. National Webinar: Data-driven Governance of Snapper and Grouper Fisheries
    • Collaborate with Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MoMAF) and other high-level officials from relevant institutions to provide high-level guidance on existing political commitments on sustainable fishery management
    • Highlight key drivers for sustainable catch, including regulation, market and pricing power
    • Encourage a data-driven approach and public-private partnerships
    • Emphasise key ministry mandate to balance ecology with production

  2. Workshop 1: Data Collection Gap Analysis and Best Practices
    • First of a series of in-person workshops that bring together key public-private stakeholders to converse around practical steps towards sustainable fishery management in Indonesia
    • Participants include MoMFA, NGOs, private sectors and development agencies
    • Participants share existing practices, resources and expertise in data collection; MoMAF presented on the E-Logbook application and YKAN presented on in-house mobile application
    • Existing E-Logbook application is juxtaposed against best practices and gaps are identified
    • MoMAF shares plans to optimise the E-Logbook Application for all users, in hope for better data that informs efficient effort-control policies
    • MoMAF encourages continuous private-public collaboration and conversation
  3. Workshop 2: Data System Roadmap for Sustainable Snapper and Grouper Fisheries
    • Second workshop in a series that bring together key public-private stakeholders to converse around practical steps towards sustainable fishery management in Indonesia
    • MoMFA needs to establish a clear structural action plan with buy-in from all stakeholders to gather data from all fishing boats (small to industrial) for policy decisions
    • TLFF, MoMAF, YKAN, ADI and other stakeholders work with MoMFA to draft a detailed road map, highlighting capacity needs, data process flows, policy incentives, and potential action steps
    • MoMAF emphasis that road map should be an iterative process, ensuring that it is practical and realistic to implement for all stakeholders
  4. Workshop 3: Snapper Grouper Data Protocol
    • The last of a workshop series that bring together key public-private stakeholders to converse around practical steps towards sustainable fishery management in Indonesia
    • Focuses on the technical aspects of a data system, such as how data will be collected, stored, processed and analysed
    • Identifying key thresholds such as what % will be considered overfishing
    • Workshop is hosted with support from third party independent data expert
  5. Policy Recommendation Submission to MoMAF
    • TLFF will submit a policy recommendation to MoMFA as the final milestone of the project
    • The submission will contain 3 key items: 1) Demersal Fisheries Data System Roadmap (workshop 1 &2 output); 2) Snapper Grouper Data Protocol (workshop 3 output); and 3) Discussion summary in the form of a policy recommendation and an activity log
    • The submission will incorporate inputs from both private and public sectors, serving as a practical and cohesive action plan that can be easily adopted by MoMFA

Key Partnerships


  • A road map collectively agreed by MoMAF, private sector, and NGO/development sectors on the transition of data governance, application, timeline, and roles and responsibilities
  • A data system protocol developed through public-private partnership and submitted as a policy recommendation to the MoMAF for potential adoption
  • Increased awareness on industry governance and transparency
  • Catalysed partnerships and collaboration among government, private sectors, and NGOs


M. Zulficar Mochtar

Senior Advisor for TLFF Sustainable Fisheries Programme

Akhmad Solihin

Advisor for TLFF Sustainable Fisheries Programme

Featured Event

Data-driven Management of Snapper and Grouper

Data-driven Management of Snapper and Grouper

24-23 August 2021
09.00 - 12.30, Indonesia time, GMT+7, Online
Indonesia is one of the main producers of snapper and grouper in the world. A data driven approach is critical in achieving sustainable management of demersal fisheries. The Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, in collaboration with the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF), The Nature Conservancy in Indonesia (YKAN) and the Indonesian Demersal Association (ADI), is organising a webinar to discuss best practice for demersal management, particularly in building an integrated data system that will serve as a strong foundation for policymaking.