Indonesian one-by-one tuna fishers celebrate their catch © Paul Hilton & IPNLF

In volume terms, Indonesia is the world’s biggest tuna fishing nation and home to a number of burgeoning one-by-one fisheries. Since 2012, IPNLF has been working with partners to bring industry, government and scientists closer together to ensure that the one-by-one fisheries are developed in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner. Today, thanks to the progressive attitude of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), the Government of Indonesia is focused on promoting and expanding its small-scale fisheries, including its one-by-one tuna sectors. This collaborative project is set to provide multifaceted benefits to the wellbeing of coastal communities, both economical and social, as well as ensure the longevity of the marine environmental.

IPNLF works with MMAF to improve Indonesia’s fisheries governance through measures such as strengthening management systems, effort controls and enforcement strategies. At the same time, we continue to grow market interest and demand for Indonesia’s pole-and-line and handline tuna products, bringing international players closer to local producers.

In partnership with MMAF, Asosiasi Perikanan Pole & Line dan Handline, Yayasan Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia, IPNLF is engaged in a two-year project that will demonstrate the concept of how market-based incentives can lead to improved management and long-term sustainability, driving improvements in Indonesia's one-by-one tuna fisheries, in order to enter a number of fisheries into full assessment against the Marine Stewardship Council standard.

This video gives a flavour of one-by-one tuna fishing in Bitung, Indonesia

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