The Indonesian seafood industry will continue to benefit from ongoing fishery improvement projects (FIPs), especially in the cold chain sector, according to a representative from the Indonesian Fisheries Ministry who attended an SFP industry meeting in Boston today. 

Nilanto Perbowo, Director General of Product Competitiveness at the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), said SFP’s work inspiring industry stakeholders to start and operate FIPs in the region will especially have an impact in the years to come on cold chain markets. Right now, he said, cold chain is of particular interest for future sustainability work, especially in leading species such as crab, snapper, and grouper. 

“They are looking for not only monetary benefit, but quality of the cold chain system,” he said of SFP and partner industry stakeholders. 

Perbowo attended an Indonesian fisheries Supply Chain Roundtable (SR) meeting, where SFP offered attendees updates on various ongoing FIPs in the region. 

SFP CEO Jim Cannon, in opening remarks, noted how industrial partners working together on FIPs in Indonesia can overcome huge sustainability challenges, despite the country consisting of thousands of islands with a combined 80,000 kilometers of coastline. 

“The supply chain does something remarkable. It reaches across this archipelago and touches every fisherman,” he said.