The Tuna Management Association of New Zealand (TMA), has become 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.
Founded in 2001, TMA supports a fleet of owner-operated domestic vessels by providing up-to-date information on fishery management issues and ensuring that the fleet remains aware of and compliant with local safety and management system requirements. TMA was also the driving force behind the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of the albacore troll fishery, which was first certified in 2011 and then recertified in 2017.
Through its membership of IPNLF, TMA joins a network of supply chain stakeholders that includes fisheries, processors, traders, suppliers, brands and retailers who are working to enhance the supply, management and market value of responsible tuna to ensure a thriving future for the fisheries as well as the communities and businesses connected to them. As a hub for sustainably minded organisations, IPNLF uses the influence of the market to create change through practical fishery projects and stakeholder cooperation.
Doug Saunders-Loder, President of the Tuna Management Association (TMA), says, “For over 16 years, we have proudly supported the albacore troll tuna fishers of New Zealand, championing their sustainability credentials and assisting them in achieving and maintaining MSC certification. We look forward to working with IPNLF and its Member network to ensure that one-by-one tuna fisheries get the recognition that they deserve.”
Martin Purves, Managing Director of the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), says, “We are delighted to welcome the Tuna Management Association of New Zealand to our growing Member network. TMA is a dynamic organisation that is highly regarded in the marketplace for the success that it has had in helping the albacore troll fishery, as well as for the fantastic support that it continues to provide the fishery and the communities that depend upon it. The IPNLF team is looking forward to working alongside the association and the supply chain that it champions to help progress New Zealand’s sustainable one-by-one tuna agenda even further.”