Renewable energy technologies to reduce post-harvest loss and improve fish quality small scale tuna fishery
Most small-scale fisheries lack reliable access to electricity, technical knowledge on food safety and fish handling, and facilities to maintain a cold chain. This diminishes the quality and high economic value that the small-scale tuna fisheries usually generate.
In Indonesia, about 60% of the value of large yellowfin tuna harvested by traditional handline fishers is lost due to inefficient supply chains, lack of infrastructure, poor harvest handling practices and other inadequate systems that compromise fish quality.
This innovation project aims to address these issues by deploying off-the-grid, solar-powered ice-making machines in remote fishing communities in East Indonesia to produce quality yellowfin tuna intended for high-value markets. This initiative will be combined with fishers upskilling to improve handling practices, cold chain protocols, financial literacy, and asset management, ultimately enhancing livelihoods in a climate-friendly manner.
IMPLEMENTATION STATUS: Progress summary as of November 2022 (PDF)
- Innovator Yayasan IPNLF Indonesia
- Beneficiary Indonesia
Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Discussing fish quality issues with fishers in Kawa. Credit: Yayasan IPNLF Indonesia
Example of the issue fish harvest without proper icing. Credit: Yayasan IPNLF Indonesia
Ice produced by solar power (testing phase) with GIZ. Credit: Yayasan IPNLF Indonesia
Production test at solar ice producing factory with GIZ. Credit: Yayasan IPNLF Indonesia