Momentum builds for Indonesia’s one-by-one tuna with the launch of a new fisheries project

IPNLF and AP2HI announce a new two-year partnership with the Walton Family Foundation to accelerate reform in Indonesia’s coastal tuna fisheries through improvements in the one-by-one sector

With over 64 million people living within 10 kilometres of its coastline, fishing is a mainstay of Indonesia’s economy and a traditional way of life for coastal communities. Many of these communities are home to artisanal tuna fisheries that practise responsible fishing methods such as pole-and-line and handline. Such fisheries provide an essential source of income for Indonesia’s coastal fishers, supporting local livelihoods and wellbeing.

In recognition of the potential that these fisheries have to spearhead change in Indonesia’s fisheries management, the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), the non-profit organisation that is committed to developing and supporting responsible one-by-one tuna fisheries and supply chains, has been awarded funding by The Walton Family Foundation to accelerate fisheries reform in Indonesia, the world’s leading tuna fishing nation.

The two-year project will see IPNLF, in collaboration with local industry body Asosiasi Perikanan Pole & Line dan Handline (AP2HI), expedite improvements in the pole-and-line and handline fisheries to enable them to reach the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard for environmental sustainability, while also ensuring international seafood markets have access to the certified products once they become available. This ambition will be further supported by IPNLF’s strategic partnership with USAID Oceans.

“Indonesia’s tuna fishermen land more tuna than in any other nation in the world, and the fishery is the country’s largest in terms of volume and value,” says Heather D’Agnes, who leads the Indonesia strategy for the Walton Family Foundation. “This project will demonstrate the value that well-managed, responsible fisheries can generate for fishermen, consumers, and a healthy ocean.”

Jeremy Crawford, Southeast Asia Director of IPNLF, explains, “Now with up to 50 Members, IPNLF’s fast growing network represents a broad cross-section of supply chain actors, including fishery and producer associations, processors, traders, retailers and foodservice operators. Similarly, AP2HI’s members represent the majority of companies involved in the Indonesian one-by-one tuna supply chain. By leveraging the combined buying power and investment opportunities of both these membership networks, IPNLF and AP2HI will motivate fishery and government stakeholders to deliver sustainability and improved management.”

The combined Member networks of IPNLF and AP2HI will work to support management and governance improvements in line with the MSC standard at both domestic and international levels, this will include collaborating with other member countries at the relevant tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organisations in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean. IPNLF and AP2HI will also coordinate with other NGOs working on Indonesian tuna fisheries to encourage decision makers to develop and implement sound management and governance systems.

“By utilising our experience and in-depth knowledge of the fisheries, alongside our connections with local and international supply chains, and familiarity with the MSC standard and certification programme, we are in a unique position to advance the sustainability of the fishery for the long-term benefit of the marine environment, the fishing communities and local businesses. We thank The Walton Family Foundation for its generous support of this very important project.” says Crawford.

Since 2014, IPNLF has played a leading role in directing the national pole-and-line and handline tuna fishery improvement project (FIP). To date, the Indonesian pole-and-line and handline FIP has achieved significant improvements in data collection and monitoring, vessel registration and the development of harvest strategies for tuna and improved management for baitfish species.

Throughout this work, IPNLF has strengthened its partnership with the Indonesian government and industry, particularly through the coordination of an annually co-hosted event, the Indonesian Coastal Tuna Business Forum (ICTBF), which brings together key stakeholders from across tuna supply chains. 

Bayu Mangkurat, General Manager of AP2HI, says, “As AP2HI represents the pole-and-line and handline tuna fisheries of Indonesia, we work to ensure that the businesses and communities associated with these responsible fisheries are supported by dynamic management systems and tools. We embrace the opportunity that this project provides; to enable Indonesia’s pole-and-line and handline fisheries to meet the sustainability and traceability requirements of the international markets, and to ensure that they are recognised and rewarded for their environmental sustainability, quality and social contributions."

The project launches on 13 November 2017 with an inception meeting in Jakarta.

Notes to Editors


The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) works to develop, support and promote socially and environmentally responsible pole-and-line, handline and troll 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 the UK and the Maldives, and a staff presence in Indonesia, South Africa, North America and France.


The term sustainability has been an important issue in the field of research, policy-oriented, business and social development over the last few decades. Indonesian Pole & Line and Handline Fisheries Association (AP2HI) presents to support the long-term implementation of sustainability principal for the pole & line and handline industries and small-scale fisherman at the coastal area in Indonesia.  The Industry Association was officially inaugurated by the Director General for Capture Fisheries at the 3rd International Coastal Tuna Business Forum held in Jakarta in 2014.  AP2HI membership ranges in all tuna sector from the upstream to the downstream. AP2HI keeps major roles to unite aspiration from its member and give positive efforts to important Local and International sustainable tuna fisheries issues. AP2HI has explored new opportunities and partnerships to improve sustainable fishing practices and impacts for long-term at various stages under Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) with various parties. The organization also has supported government and local agencies to improve access to the fisheries initiatives, strategies, policies and certification.

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