Since IPNLF was established in 2012, we have grown in project scope and evidence-based research as well as geographic expansion and reach.

The positive impacts and social benefits we see in our work bring us joy and inspire us to continue to improve our work for the benefit of small-scale fishers and their communities. We pride ourselves on the accomplishments we are able to achieve with a relatively small, yet expert team.

The impact of our work at IPNLF ranges from being tangible and directly geared towards the safety for fishers and crew, to achieving long-term, impactful goals, such as amplifying the voices of small scale fishers in international fora. Broadly speaking, our impacts cover developments in policy, engagements in the marketplace, and improvements in fisheries and coastal communities.

We believe that collaboration lies at the heart of sustainable change so have built coalitions of coastal states to effectively protect coastal fisheries’ rights and developed the capacity of decision-makers and small-scale fishery representatives to improve inclusive ocean governance.

Most importantly, our impact lies directly at the heart of the coastal communities we work with.

Through fishery improvements, both social and environmental, we ensure a better, more secure future for coastal communities around the world that are dependent on that one person catching one fish at a time. This can include anything from improved data collection of fishing activities, developing electronic monitoring projects to improve traceability and ensure that all one-by-one fishers and workers within their supply chain have their fundamental human rights protected.

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Supporting Case Studies

Inspiring a new generation of Ocean Advocates

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IPNLF awarded UNCTAD observer status

IPNLF awarded UNCTAD observer status

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Maldives first National Skipper Training Curriculum launched

The first national fishing curriculum in the Maldives.

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Azores Declaration

IPNLF co-hosted the world’s first one-by-one tuna conference in the Azores with the Government's Regional Secretariat for the Sea, Science & Technology

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Gemanafushi Island Fishermen Remove Abandoned Fishing Nets

First major success from collaboration with Olive Ridley Project

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IPNLF applauds rule for Indian Ocean skipjack tuna stocks

IOTC has adopted a harvest control rule for Indian Ocean skipjack.

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New Global Platform Connects Small-scale Fishers

SSF Hub promotes sustainable one-by-one lifestyles

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Our recent impact

Achieving the world’s first “plastic neutral” fishery in the Azores

Achieving the world’s first “plastic neutral” fishery in the Azores

Turning The Tide on Ocean Plastic Pollution in the Maldives

Turning The Tide on Ocean Plastic Pollution in the Maldives

We’re Proud to Announce Two Case Studies on the FishWise RISE seafood platform

We’re Proud to Announce Two Case Studies on the FishWise RISE seafood platform

The First of Three Annual Ghost Gear Removal Competitions Launches in the Azores

The First of Three Annual Ghost Gear Removal Competitions Launches in the Azores

St Helena leads by example with new Fisheries Bill

St Helena leads by example with new Fisheries Bill

More than 100 organisations call for urgent curb on destructive drifting-FADs to rebuild tuna stocks and protect fragile marine ecosystems

More than 100 organisations call for urgent curb on destructive drifting-FADs to rebuild tuna stocks and protect fragile marine ecosystems

IPNLF scales up its commitment to rid the oceans of ghost fishing gear

IPNLF scales up its commitment to rid the oceans of ghost fishing gear

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