Fish for Good - Indonesia

Initiated by the Marine Stewardship Council, Fish for Good is a four-year project aimed at guiding fisheries in Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa towards more sustainable fishing practices.

Fish for Good is sponsored by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery.

Fish For Good Indonesia infographic showing Coral Triangle on globe

Why Indonesia?

Indonesian fisheries are working within some of the world's richest and most productive marine ecosystems. Indonesia is the second largest fish producer in the world and catch volumes continue to increase. Fish products account for 54% of the national animal protein intake. 

However, some Indonesian fish stocks are being overfished and domestic food security, local socio-economics and marine biodiversity are at risk. To overcome these challenges, the Indonesian government has been working with stakeholders towards sustainable fisheries. Fish for Good supports these efforts and actively works with the Indonesian government, fisheries and other vital stakeholders towards more sustainable fishing practices.

6.4 million

people engaged in the fisheries sector
total seafood production value

3.8 billion

US dollars
artisanal fisheries account for


of production
Animal protein


supply comes from seafood (49 kilos per person)
Total annual wild catch

5.8 million


How does it work?

Stage 1 - mapping

The MSC conducts a scan of 50 species in Indonesia and, based on the results, selects 13 species for deeper mapping. Those species are mapped according to their: 

  • economic value
  • market potential
  • food security
  • areas fished
  • gear(s) used 
  • catch volumes 
  • stock status  
  • environmental impacts 

Stage 2 - pre-assessment

The Fish for Good advisory group evaluated the findings and selected fisheries to be pre-assessed against the MSC Fisheries Standard. The pre-assessment process measures the performance of each fishery and identifies areas for improvement. Pre-assessment of the fisheries is undertaken by an accredited third-party assessor.

Fisheries undergoing pre-assessment

  • skipjack tuna
  • yellowfin tuna
  • blue swimming crab
  • snapper/grouper
  • mud crab
  • squid
  • banana prawn
  • short bodied mackerel
  • tongkol (mackerel tuna)
  • anchovy
  • tiger prawn

Stage 3 - action plans

During the action plan stage, the selected fisheries will work on sustainability improvements using the MSC Fisheries Standard and other MSC fisheries improvement and benchmarking tools. Some fisheries will be in a position where MSC certification becomes a possibility and may be able to enter the assessment process by 2021, the time frame of Fish for Good. Most will need more time to implement the required improvements.


Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

What?Mapping fisheries in the regionAssessing baseline performance and identifying areas for improvementDeveloping action plans to improve fisheries' performance against the MSC indicators
Building fisheries profiles through desk research and stakeholder interviews
Conducting large-scale gap analysis of fisheries' performance against the MSC Standard Agreeing on actions and stakeholders' responsibilities to address the gaps defined in Stage 2 
By whoExternal consultantAccredited third-party assessorCollaborative stakeholder effort 

50 species mapped 

11 fisheries pre-assessed 

11 fisheries' action plans 

Advisory group

Our Indonesian advisory group provides independent advice, views and recommendations about the effectiveness of the activities to deliver the Fish for Good objectives. The role of its members includes providing advice on priorities and fisheries selection for pre-assessment, action plan development and recommendations as fisheries embark on a path towards recognising sustainable fishing practices. 

The advisory group in Indonesia consists of representatives of the Ministry of Marine Affairs,World Wildlife Fund Indonesia,Bogor Agricultural University,Coral Triangle Center,Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security,International Pole and Line Foundation, MDPI, Marine Change,RARE and Telapak Society.


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