The Seafood Expo Global, held in Brussels 25-27 April 2017, provided the ideal stage for IPNLF to launch its fourth Annual Report, which details progress, engagement and achievements over the course of the last financial year.
Allied with its Member network, which has grown from 35 to 43 participating organisations, IPNLF has continued to support and develop one-by-one fisheries globally. In Indonesia, the pole-and-line and handline tuna FIP has gone from strength to strength with notable improvements in data collection and vessel registry, bringing the fishery closer to Marine Stewardship Council certification. In the Maldives, IPNLF has implemented new programmes that enhance traceability and increase data collection, including the Fisheries Information System (FIS) – a web-enabled platform that allows one-by-one fishers to record catch information, fish purchase information, fishing vessel license information and catch certificates. Simultaneously, IPNLF has expanded its engagement with new geographies such as the Azores and St Helena.
On the policy landscape, IPNLF worked closely with its Members and partners to facilitate reforms at the regional fisheries management organisations. IPNLF played a critical role in the adoption of a harvest control rule by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission. This groundbreaking measure represents a defining moment for tuna fisheries management; it is the first time a forward-looking management plan has been adopted to avoid the over-exploitation of a tuna fishery. As a result of this project, IPNLF was recognised as a SeaWeb Seafood Champion Finalist for Advocacy.
In addition, IPNLF introduced a new scientific report series focussing on socio-economic issues and initiated several innovative research projects and set records for our outreach and promotional activities, championing one-by-one fisheries through a growing range of networks.
All of these achievements would not be possible without the support of our Members, funders and valued partnerships with governments, NGOs and fisheries stakeholders who share our vision; to see coastal tuna fisheries and the connecting communities, businesses and seas thrive.
Download this Annual Report here.