Tonnino becomes a Member of the International Pole & Line Foundation

Membership extends international premium tuna brand’s commitment to environmental responsibility, provides the inspiration for a new exclusive pole-and- line range for Whole Foods Market customers

Tonnino, a leading seafood brand supplying gourmet tuna products to the US market, has become the latest Member of the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), the non-profit association that is committed to supporting small-scale fisheries that pursue high quality, responsible and ethical tuna caught using one-by-one methods. With the backing of its Members, IPNLF provides much-needed support for fishing communities who are heavily reliant upon coastal tuna resources. By implementing practical improvement projects and strengthening management, IPNLF helps one-by-one tuna fisheries to meet the growing global demand for responsibly sourced tuna.

Costa Rica based Tonnino has been supplying US consumers with gourmet tuna in jars since 2007, with their ethos being to satisfy the conscience as well as the palate. Furthermore, end consumers are able to trace each product all the way back to its origin through a unique online traceability system.

Tonnino’s membership of IPNLF is another major milestone in its promise to supply high-quality tuna products while also providing crucial support for environmentally and socially responsible one-by-one tuna fisheries. The company has also developed a pole-and-line range exclusively for Whole Foods Market Inc., which will begin appearing in Whole Foods stores from January 2018.

Whole Foods recently made the commitment that by January 2018, all canned tuna on its shelves and used in its prepared foods must come from fisheries using only pole-and-line, troll, or handline catch methods, which take fish one-by-one, preventing bycatch and safeguarding jobs in coastal communities.

Antonio Esquivel, Country Manager at Tonnino, says, “We are inspired by IPNLF’s work to develop and support one-by-one tuna fisheries and are pleased to join its network of sustainably-minded organisations, working to improve the supply of responsible sourced tuna for the benefit of the oceans and the communities that depend upon its resources.”

Welcoming Tonnino to the IPNLF Member network, Adam Baske, Director, Policy & Outreach at IPNLF, says, “Tonnino’s membership shows the positive effects of progressive sourcing policies set by retailers like Whole Foods. Here’s a company that is now joining the one-by-one supply chain, and will provide a welcome voice in our collective efforts to support fishing communities and promote responsibly managed and socially responsible tuna fisheries.”

Membership of IPNLF is open to all stakeholders involved in the one-by-one tuna supply chain, from fisheries associations to processors, food service and retailers, and all Members are encouraged to engage in fisheries improvement.

Notes to Editors

Tonnino supplies imported, gourmet tuna products. All Tonnino brand products contain only the finest Yellowfin tuna, wild-caught in the Eastern Pacific, Western Central Pacific and Indian Ocean, and produced in Costa Rica. The Tonnino tuna brand is made by Alimentos Prosalud, an integrated fish processing organisation, based in Costa Rica.


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.

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Jason Holland , Media & Communications Advisor