IPNLF welcomes Alasdair Harris, founder of Blue Ventures, to its Board of Trustees

Alisdair Harris, IPNLF Trustee

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, is delighted to announce that Dr Alasdair Harris, Founder and Executive Director of marine conservation charity Blue Ventures has joined its Board of Trustees. In the role, alongside his fellow trustees, Harris will help guide IPNLF’s future progress, overseeing the governance of the organisation and informing its international work.

Harris holds a PhD in tropical marine ecology, and an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Edinburgh. He is a TED Fellow, an Ashoka Fellow, and was the 2015 winner of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

As social entrepreneur, Harris’s work focuses on developing scalable solutions to challenges in the marine environment, utilising approaches that bring economic value to coastal communities engaged in conservation efforts. Through these endeavours, he has helped set up some of the world’s largest locally run marine conservation areas.

Welcoming Harris to the Board of Trustees, John Burton, Chairman of IPNLF, says, “Alasdair is hugely respected in the marine conservation space for his ability to look at a challenge from all angles and to find innovative solutions, and his record of transforming fisheries speaks for itself. We are delighted to welcome him to the board and look forward to the invaluable guidance he will bring to IPNLF, supporting our work with one-by-one tuna fisheries and coastal communities.”

On joining IPNLF’s Board of Trustees, Harris comments, “I have followed the work of IPNLF closely in recent years and have been very impressed by the way in which it is empowering local fishing communities through the demand for sustainable one-by-one caught tuna. In giving these fisheries a voice in the marketplace, IPNLF is effecting change and I am excited by the prospect of finding ways in which I can make that work even more effective.”

Harris takes up his place on IPNLF’s Board of Trustees with immediate effect.

Notes to Editors


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 the United Kingdom and the Maldives, and a staff presence in Indonesia, South Africa, North America and France.
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