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2015, IPNLF, Annual Report

We are pleased to share with you IPNLF’s latest Annual Report, summarizing their international work over the last twelve months.

The past year IPNLF has seen notable increase in the executive team capacity, and the membership network now stands at 35.
This growth is reflected in our in-country fisheries development projects, with emerging work in new geographies such as Eastern Africa, and deepened engagement in Maldives and Indonesia – whose one-by-one FIP is noted as having ‘exceptional progress’…..

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IPNLF Newsletter: Fishing focus: Indian Ocean

Welcome to the latest edition of the International Pole & Line Foundation’s (IPNLF) newsletter! Learn about important policy action and an upcoming event with implications for Indian Ocean tuna.
Momentum building for IOTC action
Next week, representatives from 32 member countries will gather in La Réunion for the 20th session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) meetings. In the run up to this pivotal event IPNLF have increased momentum to ensure that important management measures are adopted by the Commission to secure a sustainable future for tuna fisheries in the Indian Ocean. We are keen to see the IOTC adopt important management measures ( including strict Harvest Control Rules (HCRs) for skipjack, as well as a push to take immediate action to rebuild the yellowfin tuna stocks (see our Position Statement ( for full details).

IPNLF’s campaign began in early 2016 with a co-supported workshop for Indian Ocean Coastal States (IOCS) focussing on Harvest Control Rules ( ; at this workshop IOCS representatives worked together towards the draft of a joint proposal on a harvest strategy for skipjack tuna, which outlines how managers will respond should the stock fall below desired levels. A full report from the workshop is now available on our website. (

We have further amplified our call for IOTC action via our supply chain Member network, and by reaching out to delegations to build support for critical management improvements at the upcoming meeting. Learn more about the upcoming meeting on our website ( and in the latest news update from Adam Baske ( (IPNLF Director, Policy & Outreach).
Team-IPNLF will be at the meeting in La Réunion; keep up with the IOTC action through Twitter ( and Facebook ( .
All eyes turn to Indonesia ahead of important tuna conference
The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia in collaboration with International Pole & Line Foundation will host the 2nd Bali Tuna Conference ( back-to-back with the 5th International Coastal Tuna Business Forum ( (19-20 May). The two-day event will bring industry, government, scientists and NGOs even closer together to ensure the environmentally, socially and economically sustainable development of tuna fisheries.

Speaking ahead of her address at the event, Indonesian Minister for Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti, emphasized the government’s steadfast commitment to ending illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing ( in Indonesian waters and beyond.

Minister Susi Pudjiastuti will join a range of influential speakers to spark debate and conversation surrounding principle tuna issues, and facilitate essential networking for stakeholders to drive forward sustainable development. We look forward to seeing many of you in Bali!

You can still REGISTER for the event here ( .
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IPNLF Newsletter: Advancing science & outreach

Welcome to the latest edition of the International Pole & Line Foundation’s newsletter! Introducing a new addition to our STAC expertise, our latest Member and Technical Report, and providing a little inspiration around traceability progress and gender parity.

Dr Megan Bailey joins IPNLF’s STAC

We are delighted to announce that Dr Megan Bailey, Assistant Professor of the Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, has joined our Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC).

The STAC’s main function is to advise IPNLF on how to work towards its primary aim of advancing wellbeing amongst coastal fisheries by increasing the global supply of socially and environmentally responsible one-by-one tuna.

Megan’s primary role within the STAC will be to progress the market potential of one-by-one fisheries by establishing stronger connections with both industry and governments, including increasing the understanding of the ways in which the economic drivers of the former relate to the sustainability policies of the latter.

SENA16 | Traceability in small scale tuna fisheries

Adam Baske, (IPNLF Director, Policy and Outreach), reports back from Seafood Expo North America (SENA) 2016, held earlier this month in Boston, where he presented on traceability improvement projects within small-scale tuna fisheries.

Adam explores some of the traceability initiatives happening across the world in his latest blog.

Introducing our newest Member… Sea Value!

Sea Value PLC, one of Thailand’s leading tuna processors, has become IPNLF’s newest Member. Founded in 2004, Sea Value has more than 40 years of experience in the tuna and seafood trade. It operates from three state-of-the-art processing facilities which collectively have the capacity to process up to 1,000 tonnes of fish per day.

Commenting on Sea Value’s membership, John Burton, Chairman of IPNLF, said, “We are delighted to welcome Sea Value – one of the biggest processors of pole-and-line tuna in the world – as our latest Member. The International Pole & Line Foundation is a hub for proactive companies like Sea Value who want to help drive the sustainable and equitable development of one-by-one caught tuna.

The global demand for these products continues to grow at a very rapid rate; as such, IPNLF believes all stakeholders have a crucial role to play in helping the industry bridge the supply gap.”

IPNLF launch a new Technical Report

IPNLF launches new Technical Report this month, Pole-and-Line Fishing in the World: Status and Trends – authored by Bob Gillett (IPNLF Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee member).

The report analyses the current status of 22 significant pole-and-line tuna fisheries using regional fisheries management organisation statistics, published reports, discussions with national tuna specialists, and informal documentation to give an overview of the catch trends – updating a similar study published in 2012.

Note: this Technical Report deals explicitly with pole-and-line geared fisheries and not other one-by-one gears within IPNLF’s remit, such as handline or troll.

WOMEN IN SEAFOOD: celebrating IWD2016

The IPNLF team celebrated International Women’s Day this month (8th March) by making a series of pledges for parity. With gender equality being an increasingly prevalent issue within the seafood sector, we were delighted to contribute to this movement, together with other groups such as WorldFish.