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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.

Interim Final Rule Supporting Dolphin-Safe Labeling

Today NOAA Fisheries filed an interim final rule to implement regulations under the Dolphin Protection Consumer Information Act to enhance the requirements for documentation and captain training to support labels on tuna products that represent the product as “dolphin safe.”

NOAA Fisheries considers the Dolphin Protection Consumer Information Act (DPCIA) and the dolphin-safe labeling effort to be a valuable management and conservation tool in reducing tuna fishing-related death and serious injury to dolphins. The interim final rule is intended to strengthen the regulatory framework by which the DPCIA is implemented and to ensure that the United States satisfies its obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization.

Elements in this rule include:

* Establishing equal treatment of tuna fisheries of all gear types with respect to provisions which may require an observer certification.

* Government certification of catch documentation, segregation and chain of custody for a tuna fishery determined to have regular and significant association with, or regular and significant mortality or serious injury of dolphins.

* Certified U.S. government training of tuna boat captains on implementing dolphin-safe requirements.

This interim final rule is effective immediately today, March 22, prior to receipt and consideration of public comment. The publication includes announcement of a thirty-day public comment period. NOAA will consider all comments received in the drafting of a final rule and encourages detailed comments from all interested stakeholders. All details have been posted online.

FishNews – March 16, 2016 – Ghostly Octopod Discovery, Vaquita Podcast, Guidance for Underwater Ocean Noise, and More

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FishNews – February 3, 2016 – Impact of Magnuson-Stevens Act on Fisheries Science, Sustainability Assessment for U.S. Fisheries, New Podcast, and More

FAO Ecolabelling Guidelines–Assessment of US Fishery Management System

Dear Natalie,

Knowing of your interest in sustainable seafood, I want to call your attention to the publication of a peer-reviewed assessment that shows the standards of the U.S. fishery management system under the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) more than meet the criteria of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Ecolabelling Guidelines. These are the same guidelines that serve as the basis for many consumer-facing seafood certification and ranking schemes.

The assessment demonstrated that the U.S. fisheries management system is particularly strong when considering criteria that evaluate whether the U.S. system is participatory and science-based. In addition, the U.S. system goes beyond FAO guidelines by also including social and economic criteria which are essential for stewardship practices be effective over the long-term.

Sustainable fisheries and the seafood they provide rely on the accountability and effectiveness of a robust management system. As we approach the 40th anniversary of the MSA–April 13, 2016–this assessment is a real milestone in measuring the advancements in U.S. fishery management and just how well we measure up on a global scale.

To read a summary of findings and the assessment itself, visit this page.