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Azores to host world's first one-by-one tuna fisheries conference

Commercial sector, government and other stakeholders to connect at the One-by-One Tuna Fisheries Conference being held on Faial Island, Azores, Portugal on 16 & 17 October 2017

The Regional Secretariat for the Sea, Science and Technology, Government of the Azores will host the world’s first international one-by-one tuna fisheries conference, bringing together leaders from one-by-one tuna supply chains to share best practices, discuss solutions to shared challenges, evaluate the marketing potential of the social and economic dynamics of one-by-one fisheries, and explore collaborative ways to progress the sector.

Taking place on Faial Island on 16 and 17 October 2017, the One-by-One Tuna Fisheries Conference will be attended by one-by-one fishery stakeholders including fishing associations, commercial fishing industry representatives, processors, suppliers, brands, retailers, governments, researchers and NGOs. Through simultaneous translation, attendees will learn and share information on all of the world’s leading one-by-one fisheries, including the current status and trends within those fisheries, as well as focus sessions on the social-economic and environmental dimensions of these fisheries and ways to enhance traceability and better tell the story of one-by-one tuna products and the communities behind them.

“Fishing tuna one-by-one is the most environmentally and socially desirable way to catch these highly-prized fish; minimising environmental impacts and supporting the employment of more fishermen. The Azores has been home to a pole-and-line tuna fleet since the 1950s and the fishery is a critical part of our local culture and economy, making it an ideal location to bring one-by-one fisheries and fishery stakeholders in this sector together for the very first time.,” says Luís Rodrigues, Regional Director for Fisheries, Government of the Azores.

The event is being co-hosted by the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), the non-profit association that is committed to developing and supporting responsible one-by-one tuna fisheries and supply chains. Over the past two years IPNLF has strengthened its engagement in the region, working with its local Members, which include the Azores fishing association Federação das Pescas dos Açores (FPA), producers association Pão-do-Mar and the fisher's association Associação de Produtores de Atum e Similares dos Açores (APASA), and on-the-ground research partner, the Azores Fisheries Observer Programme (POPA).

Adam Baske, IPNLF’s Director of Policy & Outreach, says, “As an international organisation that is working to develop and demonstrate the value of one-by-one tuna fisheries to coastal communities and international seafood supply chains, IPNLF applauds the considerable efforts shown by the Government of the Azores and to convene the first ever One-by-One Tuna Fisheries Conference, as well as the engage the local sector. The Azores is the perfect venue for this event and we believe it will prove to be of immense value to one-by-one tuna fisheries everywhere. I urge all companies and individuals engaged in the one-by-one tuna sector to join us in the Azores in October to advance our shared commitments to vibrant fisheries, communities, and seas.”

To learn more about the One-by-One Tuna Fisheries Conference, including registration, please visit www.obotunaconference.com

Notes to Editors

The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) works to develop, support and promote socially and environmentally responsible pole-and-line and handline tuna fisheries around the world. IPNLF’s ambition is to contribute to thriving coastal fisheries, including the people, communities, businesses and seas connected with them.  As a hub for sustainably-minded organisations, we use the influence of the market to forge change through practical fishery projects and stakeholder cooperation. IPNLF membership is open to organisations involved in the one-by-one caught tuna supply chain. Allied with our Members, IPNLF demonstrates the value of one-by-one caught tuna to consumers, policymakers and throughout the supply chain. We work across science, policy and the seafood sector, using an evidence-based, solutions-focused approach with guidance from our Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee and Board of Trustees.

IPNLF was officially registered in the United Kingdom in 2012 (Charity 1145586), with branch offices in London and the Maldives, and a staff presence in Indonesia.

Contact Details

Jason Holland , Media & Communications Advisor
Email: jason.holland@ipnlf.org

Julie Thomas , Project Manager, St Helena
Email: julie.thomas@ipnlf.org