IPNLF Strategic Plan 2020-2025

IPNLF has been officially registered in the United Kingdom as a charity (charitable organisation) since 2012. Our charitable objectives are focused on promoting sustainable development through ocean conservation and strengthening the ability of small-scale fishers to conserve biodiversity, build climate resilience and alleviate poverty. We recognise that small-scale fisheries are often deeply rooted in the social and cultural fabric of coastal fishing communities,  and are vital in supporting local economies and ensuring sustained food security.

To achieve our charitable objectives, IPNLF promotes the sustainable management of the world’s tuna fisheries while also recognising the importance of safeguarding the livelihoods they support. Our work to develop, support and promote one-by-one tuna fisheries is subsequently fully aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 



IPNLF Strategic Plan 2020-2025

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Looking ahead to 2025, we believe effective and equitable global governance is essential to protect and restore the ocean, and this should be achieved by ensuring the participation of local and coastal communities in decision-making processes. However, environmental sustainability in tuna fisheries can only be fully achieved by also putting an end to the overfishing and destructive fishing practices that are driving the degradation of already threatened marine species, habitats and ecosystems. Markets will be an important driver to achieve holistic sustainability by purposefully supporting the most socially responsible and ecologically sustainable seafood choices. 

In response to these challenges, our new Strategic Plan will continue to help drive the sustainable management of the world’s one-by-one tuna fisheries, and focus on cultivating an increased understanding amongst the seafood industry and wider public regarding the socially responsible and environmentally sustainable sourcing credentials of these fisheries. To achieve this, we have identified five Strategic Pillars that broadly cover the key areas of our work. These are: (1) Fisheries Support, (2) Business Development, (3) Marketing and Communications, (4) Financial Management and (5) Good Governance.

The Sourcing Transparency Platform (STP)

IPNLF's Sourcing Transparency Platform (STP) is an online tool that drives greater transparency in one-by-one tuna supply chains.  It’s a world-first that publicly promotes the responsible sourcing practices of businesses supporting one-by-one tuna fisheries. Using the STP, companies are able to showcase the alignment of their sourcing strategies with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), thereby also demonstrating how their business operations help contribute to lasting benefits to the environment and society. 

The STP will support conscientious procurement decision-making by industry partners, while also driving and informing consumers to re-imagine what responsibly-sourced tuna products should look like today, as well as in the future.


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The Fisheries Improvement Toolbox (FIT)

IPNLF’s Fisheries Improvement Toolbox (FIT) will help drive increased investments from the private sector to address traceability, seafood quality assurance, social-responsibility improvements, ecosystem and management improvements, and the attainment of plastic neutrality in their own supply chains. The safeguarding of the health, well-being, and fundamental human rights of all workers in one-by-one supply chains, in line with international standards and recommendations, will be a key priority.



More specific information about the Fisheries Improvement Toolbox (FIT) will be announced 12 August, 2020. Subscribe here to receive a copy directly in your inbox.