With the quality of life afforded to fishers aboard tuna vessels coming into question, there is an urgent need for tuna fisheries to make demonstrable improvements in vessel operation and performance, including crew welfare and safety. IPNLF is working with fishers, companies and governments on standards that ensure vessels maintain a culture of integrity and respect alongside decent working conditions.
One way we are doing this is through the implementation of the Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) and its Vessel Improver Programme (VIP). IPNLF is on the Seafish RFS VIP Sub-Committee and, with partners and has commenced a VIP pilot in the Maldives – a world first for tuna fisheries. We are also on the Fair Trade USA Advisory Council and currently supporting ongoing certification efforts in Maldives and the USA. These activities enable us to acknowledge positive human stories within one-by-one tuna fisheries.