Welcome to the latest edition of the International Pole & Line Foundation's newsletter! Learn about IPNLF's latest coalition building and partnership activities.
IPNLF joins the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions
IPNLF recently became an official collaborator with the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, as part of our continued commitment to deliver sustainability and good working practices across the global one-by-one caught tuna value chain.
The Conservation Alliance is a collection of organisations working hand-in-hand with seafood businesses to improve ocean health and ensure a long-term supply of seafood.
Adam Baske, Director for Policy & Outreach, commented on the collaboration: "Through our involvement, we hope to further benefit coastal communities, improve the policy framework of tuna fisheries, and engage buyers from one of the world’s largest seafood markets to enhance the supply and strengthen the management of one-by-one tuna fisheries."
Purchasing tuna with a clear conscience
IPNLF reached out to Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), one of the world’s leading charities working to conserve and protect marine mammals, to discuss the issue of bycatch in tuna fisheries.
Sarah Dolman, Senior Policy Manager at WDC has written a fantastic guest blog on the IPNLF website, which highlights how consumers can make an informed choice about the tuna cans they buy, to ensure that it is sourced from fisheries that do not cause significant harm to whales, dolphins and other marine life.
One-by-one fisheries gaining importance in global tuna industry
The global tuna industry is worth more than USD 40 billion (EUR 35.1 billion), of which pole-and-line and handline fisheries are playing an increasingly important part. Emily Howgate, International Coordinating Director, explained the significance of one-by-one fisheries in an interview with SeafoodSource.
Global tuna industry focus on social responsibility & sustainability
Emily and Juliette from IPNLF's London office travelled to Bangkok for the 14th InfoFish conference - TUNA2016. This biennial event brings together over 400 tuna stakeholders to discuss important and prevailing issues in the industry.
This event provided IPNLF with an opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with supply chain stakeholders and Members. During Emily's presentation on supply challenges and market demands of one-by-one tuna, she called upon tuna stakeholders to 'be the change' and improve the supply of sustainable and equitable one-by-one tuna by collaborating with IPNLF on projects and policy.
It was clear from the conference presentations and post-panel discussions that the conversation around the social responsibility and sustainability of tuna fisheries is fast-growing, but the industry still has a long way to go. Learn more about IPNLF's experience in Bangkok and our work to enhance the social benefits surrounding the fisheries we work with through an event summary by Communications Coordinator, Juliette.
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