Happy New Year from IPNLF! We are looking forward to the year ahead and the exciting opportunities it will bring. But before setting sail, we'd like to take a moment to reflect on some of our key achievements in 2016.
In addition to the Fisheries Information System, IPNLF advanced the implementation of the Responsible Fishing Scheme Vessel Improver Programme in the Maldives, and made significant progress in the on-going Fishery Improvement Project in Indonesia.
On the policy scene: IPNLF played a crucial role in driving the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission decision to adopt a Harvest Control Rule for skipjack; engaged in the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (RFMO) meetings; and increased collaboration with the NGO community.
To advance the evidence on which we base our work plan, IPNLF has studied the vital social contributions of one-by-one fisheries, developed an interactive resource map on the one-by-one tuna fisheries of the world, and published results from an IPNLF study on interactions between pole-and-line tuna fisheries and endangered, threatened and protected species.
We championed one-by-one tuna fisheries at high profile events like the SeaWeb Seafood Summit, TUNA2016, Seafood Expo North America and the 5th International Coastal Tuna Business Forum. We also launched a video on gender parity in seafood.
In 2016 IPNLF created a three-year strategic focus and defined our Organisational Values, which act as the guiding principles to the way we approach our work with colleagues and partners. IPNLF also welcomed nine commercial and two fishery association Members, surpassing the 40 Member milestone with Subway®.
We would like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to our Members, partners and supporters for your ongoing commitment to responsible tuna fisheries and the people, businesses and seas connected to them. We look forward to the opportunities that 2017 will bring - time to dive in!