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.