IPNLF strengthens Atlantic tuna supply chain Member network

The Azores tuna producers’ association, Pão-do-Mar, becomes the latest Member of the International Pole & Line Foundation

Founded in 1984, Pão-do-Mar represents local tuna canneries of Santa Catarina, Cofaco, Corretora and Pescatum on the Azorean islands of São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and São Jorge. Among its members, Pão-do-Mar facilitates a culture of cooperation and solidarity, and supports the use of advanced equipment and technology as well as effective procedures to ensure the best quality and safety standards by the canneries. Members source from local one-by-one caught tuna fisheries and produce premium products that are supplied to markets in Europe and the United States. These canneries also provide hundreds of jobs for local populations on the islands, including many women.

The partnership between IPNLF and Pão-do-Mar was greatly supported and promoted by the Regional Directorate of Fisheries (DRP), the Azores government body that works ensure the sustainable development of the fisheries, protect the marine environment and support responsible fishing practices.

Commenting on its membership of IPNLF, Pão-do-Mar, says, “For over 20 years, Pão-do-Mar has been representing the interests of our local canneries, to ensure that they are represented and that the livelihoods and cultural values of the communities connected to them are protected. We embrace the opportunity to work with IPNLF to internationalise the fisheries and fish workers of the Azores.”

Adam Baske, IPNLF Director for Policy and Outreach, says, “We are extremely pleased to welcome Pão-do-Mar, our first producers’ association, to our growing Member network. Over the past year, we have continued to enhance our engagement with the Azores one-by-one tuna fishery and this partnership highlights the growing collaboration with local stakeholders to strengthen and promote the highly selective tuna fisheries of the islands.”

“The Azores one-by-one tuna fishery is a critical part of local culture and economy, and a shining example of the benefits that a well-managed and effectively monitored fishery can deliver to fishing communities.” Baske adds.

Notes to Editors

Pão-do-Mar is a producers’ association, representing local tuna canneries on the islands of São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and São Jorge in the Azores. Founded in July 1984, the association works to defend and promote the corporate interests of its members, and to represent them before both public and private entities to encourage adoption of measures that are in their interest. Pão-do-Mar facilitates a culture of cooperation and solidarity among its members, and supports the use of advanced equipment and technology as well as effective procedures to ensure the best quality and safety standards by the canneries. In recognition of their environmental stewardship, its members have received a number of certificates and awards for sourcing responsibly caught tuna from sustainable fisheries, thereby protecting the marine environment and tuna populations for the future.

The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) works to develop, support and promote socially and environmentally responsible pole-and-line, handline and troll 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.

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