South Africa’s pole-and-line fishermen get onboard with IPNLF

The South African Tuna Association are the latest to join IPNLF Members network

The International Pole & Line Foundation, the non-profit association that is committed to developing and supporting responsible one-by-one tuna fisheries and supply chains, has announced that the South African Tuna Association (SATA) has become the first South African pole-and-line tuna fishermen’s association to join IPNLF’s Member network.

SATA represents the majority of active pole-and-line tuna fishing vessels in South Africa, and is one of the oldest and longest standing South African registered industrial bodies, playing a key role in the management of tuna fisheries locally and internationally. It is a leading advocate for sustainable practices, particularly for its traditional target species, South Atlantic albacore tuna.

Through its membership of IPNLF, SATA joins a growing network of tuna supply chain stakeholders from all over the world that are supporting IPNLF’s work to enhance the supply of one-by-one caught tuna, and increase the value that these fisheries bring to the coastal environments and communities connected to them.

Clyde Bodenham, Chairman of SATA, comments, “We are confident that our newfound partnership with IPNLF will strengthen our involvement in fishery management decision making, and play a pivotal role in assisting the South African Tuna Association to break even more ground and bring real economic benefit back to the fishery and the fishers.”

Martin Purves, Managing Director of IPNLF, says, “We are delighted to welcome the South African Tuna Association – one of the oldest and longest standing registered industrial bodies in South Africa – as our latest Member. IPNLF is a hub for proactive stakeholders like SATA who want to help drive the sustainable and equitable development of one-by-one caught tuna. The global demand for these products continues to grow at a very rapid rate and it is essential that stakeholders help bridge the supply gap while continuing to adhere to best practice from social and environmental standpoints.”

Notes to Editors


The South African Tuna Association (SATA) was formed as a non-profit organisation in 1985 by a group of pole-and-line tuna vessel owners. It is one of the oldest and longest standing South African registered industrial bodies, in terms of the Marine Living Resources Act. Today, the association represents some 75 local pole-and-line vessel owners and operators. SATA is committed to, and advocates for sustainable practices, particularly regarding South Atlantic albacore tuna, the fisheries traditional target species. The Association continues to play an active role in the management of tuna fisheries, both locally and abroad, to enhance the benefits of responsible fishing for South African fisheries. The tuna pole-line fishery plays an important role in creating much needed employment opportunities for its local citizens, who are dependant thereon for their economic survival. Proper eco management is a key driving factor for the Association and its members, who can regularly be found participating at both local and international forums.   


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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