The content was researched and created by International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF) and adapted to RISE with their collaboration

We’re proud to announce these two case studies are featured on the FishWise RISE seafood platform. The content was researched and created by IPNLF and adapted to RISE with their collaboration.

The Azores: Supporting Women in the Seafood Sector 

Tuna are caught locally in the Azorean sea, using  environmentally sustainable pole-and-line fishing methods. This tuna is then processed locally in Santa Catarina’s factory in Sao Jorge, acting as a key source of employment on the island. An issue in the seafood sector is that women are affected by issues such as unequal pay, gender discrimination and power imbalances. This case study shows how the actions of Santa Catarina’s factory create an environment where fundamental human rights are respected, labor rights protected, and decent working conditions are sustained for its factory workers, including vulnerable and at-risk groups.

Read all actions and outcomes from the Azores Tuna Fishery Processing Center: Supporting Women in the Seafood Sector case study here.

The Maldives Pole-and-line skipjack Livelihood Security and Nutrition

The Maldivian pole-and-line fishery is one of the largest coastal fisheries in the Indian Ocean. Pole-and-line fishing is a way of life upon which the fishers and local community depend. Despite strong sustainability credentials, the Maldives pole-and-line fishery is competing against highly industrialized fleets for market share and access to resources. The effects of this competition for access to major export markets means ripple effects throughout the economy, with the hardest hit being the local fishing communities due to a loss of job opportunities and sharp falls in income to primary fishers who sell their fish to processors.

The Maldivian pole-and-line fishery provides a critical means of generating a livelihood, supporting some 30,000 people, or 11% of the Maldivian workforce. Beyond direct benefits to fishers, pole-and-line fishing in the Maldives has served to create an accessible and equitable form of employment to a large, and otherwise isolated, part of the population, and benefits from the fishery are spread through the economy through consumer spending, saving and re-investment, including in education. Continued global recognition of the Maldivian pole-and-line fishery as environmentally sustainable and socially responsible is critical to protecting the jobs and supporting the wellbeing of thousands of people.

You can read the full case study ‘The Maldives Pole-and-line skipjack Livelihood Security and Nutrition here