INACTIVE Indonesia blue swimming crab - gillnet/trap

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Reason for Inactivity 
Missed the completion of its 3-year audit report.

The organization APRI - whose members include over 33 of 39 seafood industry businesses and processors - covers more than 85% of purchased crab in Indonesia. All members involved are working to promote not only sustainable crab harvest, but a sustainable supply chain as well. The FIP aims to support scientific research through collaborations with Universities, to develop a national Fishery Management plan through a partnership with the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, and to establish community based fishery management by working with local fishing communities. The FIP is meant to have a lasting impact on the sustainability of the fishery’s supply chain, on blue swimming crab resources, and also on the ecosystem where the species is harvested.

Blue swimming crab (BSC) fishing in Indonesia is mostly carried out by small-scale fishers using boats of less than 10 GT (with or without motors) and in some cases, there are fishermen who do not even use boats to harvest their catch. The crabs are mostly caught using bottom gillnets and collapsible traps. An estimated 90,000 fishermen and 185,000 pickers (who work in over 500 plants or cooking stations throughout Indonesia) are directly employed in the BSC fishery. Several thousand other players are involved in the fishery, including middlemen, processors and those who export BSC products.

The members of APRI (including what day they joined the organization), are as follows:

  • PT Bumi Menara Internusa (6/07/2007)
  • Blue Star Foods (6/07/2007)
  • PT Kelola Mina Laut (6/07/2007)
  • PT Mutiara Laut Abadi (6/07/2007)
  • PT Prima Cakrawala Abadi (6/07/2007)
  • PT Phillips Seafood Indonesia (6/07/2007)
  • PT Pan Putra Samudera (6/07/2007)
  • Handy International, Inc (2/18/2008)
  • PT Toba Surimi Industries (3/30/2011)
  • PT Rex Canning (5/05/2011)
  • PT Graha Makmur Cipta Pratama (5/29/2013)
  • PT Sumber Mina Bahari (1/27/2014)
  • PT Muria Bahari Indonesia (2/14/2014)
  • PT Siger Jaya Abadi (3/19/2014)
  • PT. Nirwana Segara (8/1/2016)
  • PT. Kemilau Bintang Timur (16/12/2017)
  • PT. Fresh On Time Seafood (20/01/2020)
  • PT. Bahari Mulia Utama (01/05/2020)
FIP Description 

The organization APRI - whose members include over 33 of 39 seafood industry businesses and processors - covers more than 85% of purchased crab in Indonesia.

FIP Objective(s) 

This fishery improvement effort seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Work plan and transition Indonesia Blue Swimming Crab Fisheries to MSC full assesment within the perscribed 3-years
  2. Change practices (no take of small crabs/juveniles, no take of egg-bearing females), increase the stocks, develop policies that protect and sustain crabs (including protection of nursery ground, spawning area) by end of December 2022
  3. Develop a management plan for Indonesian blue swimming crab that includes community resources management that protects nursery ground; produce a control document by end of December 2018
  4. Implement FIP workplan that includes development of the management plan, community-based management, communication and awareness, nursery and spawning grounds protection projects, as well as a hatchery project by end of December 2018


FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Common Name 
Blue Swimming Crab
Scientific Name 
Portunus pelagicus
Additional Names 
Gear Type 
Bottom Gillnet
Exclusive Economic Zones
Geographic Scope 
WPP 712, WPP 714

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Asosiasi Pengelolaan Rajungan Indonesia (APRI)
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Hawis Madduppa
FIP Identification Number The FIP Identification Number is automatically generated by FisheryProgress when a FIP profile is created. While the number itself is not meaningful, they are used by NGOs, academia, and industry to refer to FIPs in a consistent way.