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South Pacific tuna association joins one-by-one supply chain network

The Tuna Management Association of New Zealand (TMA) unites with an international network of one-by-one tuna supply chain stakeholders to improve management and recognition for responsible tuna fisheries

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.”

Notes to Editors

ABOUT IPNLF

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.

ABOUT TMA

The Tuna Management Association of New Zealand (TMA) is a non-profit association, which provides administrative and management support to the albacore troll fishery that operates off the western coasts of the North and South Islands of New Zealand, in the South Pacific Ocean.  Founded in 2001, TMA supports a fleet of owner-operated domestic vessels by providing up-to-date information on fishery management issues and by ensuring that the fleet remains aware of and compliant with Maritime New Zealand’s seafarer certification and safety management system requirements. TMA has also been the driving force behind the continued Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of the albacore troll fishery, which was first MSC certified in 2011 and was recertified in 2017.

Contact Details

Jason Holland , Media & Communications Advisor
Email: jason.holland@ipnlf.org

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