Tri Marine, a major supplier of tuna and tuna products to leading brands worldwide, 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.
Originally formed in Singapore in 1972, the now privately-owned Tri Marine has grown into one of the largest tuna supply companies in the world. As a vertically integrated, global supplier of tuna and tuna products, Tri Marine is recognised as a leader in sustainable and socially responsible fishing and processing. Through its control of the supply chain – from catch to finished product – Tri Marine offers transparency and traceability to markets around the world.
Tri Marine sources and promotes responsibly caught products from abundant fish stocks with effective fisheries management. The company’s global operations include National Fisheries Developments Ltd, a Solomon Islands subsidiary that owns and operates both pole-and-line and purse seine fishing vessels. To date, Tri Marine has two Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certifications for tuna, including one that covers the Solomon Islands pole-and-line fishery. It is also participating in the TUNACONS Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
Furthermore, the company looks forward to supporting Indonesian tuna fisheries where pole-and-line and handline-caught tuna provide invaluable benefits to the community and high-quality tuna products to global markets.
Renato Curto, CEO of Tri Marine Group, comments, “Tri Marine’s mission to provide sustainable, high-quality products to tuna markets around the world aligns well with IPNLF’s work in supporting one-by-one tuna fisheries. We’re proud to be their partner in efforts to support a sustainable tuna industry.”
Through its membership of IPNLF, Tri Marine joins a growing network of tuna supply chain stakeholders from all over the world that are supporting its work to enhance the supply of one-by-one caught tuna, and strengthening the value that these fisheries bring to the coastal environments and communities connected to them.
Welcoming Tri Marine and the one-by-one supply chains that it supports into IPNLF’s Member network, Martin Purves, Managing Director of IPNLF, says, “Tri Marine leads by example, showing how a modern seafood business should operate with regards to its environmental and social commitments. The company continues to lead in the development of sustainable initiatives, while also striving to bring out the best in the broader supply chain through strong collaboration with other engaged stakeholders from across the private, public and non-profit sectors. IPNLF looks forward to working even closer with Tri Marine to progress the sustainable and equitable future of the one-by-one tuna sector.”