meet our fishermen

heroes of the seas

For centuries, the act of one-by-one tuna fishing in Indonesia has passed from one generation to the next. It is therefore not surprising that Indonesia is a global leader in one-by-one tuna fishery and that this methodology has such an economic, social and cultural impact on coastal communities.

Stories from the fiShermen

Meet the humble heroes behind the Indonesian tuna catch and get inspired by their stories

Arnold Barauntu (49), Bitung, Sulawesi, Indonesia

I’ve been tuna fishing since I was eleven years old and will continue until my body decides to retire. I can feed my family by working as a fisherman. With pole-and-line, we purposefully use hooks that are too big for baby fish, which ensures that we only catch tuna fish that are at least 1 kg.

Dennis Manuel (51), Bitung, Sulawesi, Indonesia

This is my tenth year working on pole-and-line tuna fishing boats. Before this, I was working on a Taiwanese purse-seine boat. I knew that pole-and-line fishing is better for the ecosystem, so I changed jobs. Now I’m proud to be a pole-and-line skipjack fisher and a happy father of six children.

Erwin Limbe (40), Bitung, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

I started one-by-one tuna fishing when I was nineteen. I mostly fish in the Jaya Bitung area. I love the skill of fishing and being at sea. I believe the way we fish is fair. It is one against one. It is respectful to the tuna fish and the sea. It’s a good tradition we should maintain.  

Fijay Baranuntu (17), Bitung, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

When I’m pole-and-line fishing, I know I’m following in my father’s footsteps. That’s a good feeling. To continue to do the same things, the same way my father did. I hope I can do this for many years and pass it on to my children later.