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Large Pelagic SMME Association Becomes the Latest Member of IPNLF

The Large Pelagic SMME Association reaffirms its commitment to responsible fishing methods by supporting IPNLF.

The Large Pelagic SMME Association, the recognised industry body representing major players from across South Africa’s tuna pole-and-line industry has reaffirmed its commitment to responsible fishing methods by becoming the latest Member of 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.

The association assists and unites its members to address the most pertinent industry issues. Its responsibilities include representing the country’s pole-and-line industry at all Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ Working Group Meetings as well as at South African Maritime Authority industry meetings.

Through its membership of IPNLF, the Large Pelagic SMME Association joins a growing network of tuna supply chain stakeholders that support IPNLF to enhance the supply of one-by-one caught tuna, and strengthen the value that these fisheries bring to the coastal environments and communities connected to them.

Edward Pickup, Secretary for the Large Pelagic SMME Association says, “Sustainability is at the centre of South Africa’s tuna pole-and-line industry with all of our members long recognising the importance of adhering to sustainable fishing practices that also ensure the marine environment recieves the utmost care and protection. Becoming a Member of IPNLF and supporting its work underlines our wish to see all one-by-one tuna fisheries and the communities connected to them given sufficient backing to safeguard their future.”

Martin Purves, Managing Director of IPNLF, says, “We commend the Large Pelagic SMME Association and its member companies on their proactive stance to supply consumer markets with responsibly-caught one-by-one tuna. With their help, we look forward to increasing our engagement in this region and encouraging many other enterprises from African shores to help drive the sustainable and equitable development of one-by-one tuna fisheries.”

Notes to Editors

ABOUT Large Pelagic SMME Association

The Large Pelagic SMME Association is a recognised industry body in South Africa that represents all the major role players within the tuna pole-and-line industry, including vessel owners/operators, processors, exporters and marketers, all of which are small to medium enterprises. The association assists its members with all aspects of the industry to unite for a common cause in addressing pertinent industry issues. Its principle focuses include the representation of the pole-and-line industry at all Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ Working Group Meetings as well as South African Maritime Authority industry meetings.

The Large Pelagic SMME Association is committed to fishing for the future by practising sustainable fishing methods whilst exercising the utmost care for the environment at all times.

ABOUT IPNLF

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

Juliette Tunstall , Communications Manager
Email: juliette.tunstall@ipnlf.org
Tel: +44 7834320268