5th May 2021

The International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF) strengthens its Maldivian team and welcomes Hawwa Nashfa in her new role of Program Manager at IPNLF Maldives.

Hawwa Nashfa will work on social and economic issues in the fisheries sector in the Maldives, and she will also contribute to research and solutions on tackling the plastic pollution from the fisheries sector.



Nashfa is greatly passionate about conserving the oceans and the seas, and on policies for improving and sustaining local livelihoods, as well as safeguarding the Maldivian one-by-one fisheries heritage and tradition. Nashfa is also interested in circular economy solutions for the plastic pollution that is currently one of the most visible forms of environmental pollution in the Maldives. She has previously worked with the Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture, and the World Bank on the Sustainable Fisheries Resources Development Project.

Shiham Adam, IPNLF Director for Science & Maldives, states “I am delighted Nashfa joins the growing IPNLF-Maldives Team. She will be working on social responsibility in the Maldivian tuna fisheries. Understanding social dimension of the fishery has now become very important for demonstrating greater social and ethical responsibility in the fishery supply chains”

Nashfa says about her new role “I have always been really passionate about the Maldivian fisheries heritage, and so I’m very excited to join IPNLF, and join people from all over the world to promote and support sustainable one-by one fisheries in the world. I believe that sustainable and small scale fisheries such as in the Maldives need more recognition, and support for its importance to our livelihoods, economy, and in its use of sustainable fishing methods” 
Nashfa has a MSc in Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University, Sweden, and double majors in International Political Economy and English Literature from the College of Idaho, USA.



The International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF) promotes the sustainable management of the world’s responsible pole-and-line, handline and troll (collectively known as ‘one-by-one’) tuna fisheries while also recognising the importance of safeguarding the livelihoods they support.

IPNLF’s work to develop, support and promote one-by-one tuna fisheries is subsequently fully aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 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.

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. Allied with its members, IPNLF demonstrates the value of one-by-one caught tuna to consumers, policymakers and throughout the supply chain. IPNLF works across science, policy and the seafood sector, using an evidence-based, solutions-focused approach with strategic guidance from our Board of Trustees and advice from our Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) and Market Advisory Group (MAG).


IPNLF was officially registered in the United Kingdom in 2012 (Charity 1145586), with branch offices in the UK, South Africa, Indonesia, The Netherlands, and the Maldives.