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Welcome to the latest edition of the International Pole & Line Foundation's newsletter! Since our last update the results of the Seafood Champion Award finalists have been announced, IPNLF launched a new project in St Helena and welcomed new partners in conservation, new additions to the IPNLF team and new Members

IPNLF NAMED SEAFOOD CHAMPION FINALIST FOR ADVOCACY
IPNLF has been named as a finalist for the SeaWeb Seafood Champion Award for advocacy. A panel of seafood sustainability experts from industry and nonprofit organisations based in Asia, Europe and North America recognised IPNLF for spearheading an effort by Indian Ocean countries to reform tuna fisheries management and for playing a central role in the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission’s groundbreaking adoption of a precautionary harvest strategy. We are thrilled that this groundbreaking achievement has been recognised by SeaWeb and to be a finalist in the Seafood Champion Awards.
 
ST HELENA TO ESTABLISH WORLD'S FIRST ONE-BY-ONE ONLY TUNA FISHING ZONE

In collaboration with IPNLF, St Helena launched a new project to establish the world’s first one-by-one only tuna fishing zone. Through this project, IPNLF will advise the St Helena government and local partners on how they can create policies to promote and protect St Helena’s unique ecosystem, as well as the sustainable small-scale tuna fishery that has been part of island community for decades. Images © Martin Collins.

IPNLF PARTNERS WITH SEAFOOD WATCH ® AND FISH CHOICE
IPNLF became a proud partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch programme, joining more than 200 mission-aligned organisations who are working to promote sustainable seafood messaging by way of the Seafood Watch programme. 

IPNLF also became a  FishChoice Sustainable Seafood Affiliate. Through this collaboration, IPNLF hopes to strengthen connections to the market and the variety of like-minded organisations working to help buyers, suppliers and consumers make sustainable seafood choices.

MEET OUR NEW MEMBERS

Maldives Quality Seafood (MQS) is a handline fishing operation based in Kaafu Atoll, in the Maldives. MQS source responsible handline yellowfin tuna and supplying it to the international market. 

Ensis is a major tuna processing company based in the Maldives that exports fresh and frozen pole-and-line and handline caught tuna products. The company is building a canned tuna plant which will be operational in the 4th quarter of 2017.

IPNLF welcomed their first African retail Member Woolworths. Sustainability is one of Woolworth's core values and it was the first retailer in South Africa to offer Marine Stewardship Council certified pole-and-line caught canned tuna - a significant milestone on its Fishing for the Future journey.   

Pole & Line Caught Canned Tuna I Good Business Journey I Woolworths SA
IPNLF WELCOMES NEW STAFF
Dr Ingird Kelling joined IPNLF's growing team as Market Outreach Director! Based in Paris, she will take the lead on all of IPNLF’s outreach, focusing on existing and new Members as well as expanding IPNLF’s engagement in new geographic regions. 

IPNLF also welcomed Henriette Hultmann, Carole Ryu and Joanna Eames to the team as Market Outreach, Communications and Ecotourism intern respectively.
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