Based in the Netherlands, Yaiza supports IPNLF’s market and policy outreach activities in the Atlantic Ocean region. Together with partner organisations she helps build support for policy asks to obtain: healthy stocks, equitable access to resources, and improved regulation of undermanaged fishing gears. Recently, Yaiza also took a leading role in coordinating IPNLF’s global market outreach efforts.
She brings a number of years’ experience in one-by-one tuna supply chains to the IPNLF team. Her tuna journey started when she was inspired by the documentary The End of the Line while studying for a BSc in Biology. She then pursued her interests in fisheries management with the Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management MSc programme at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, graduating in 2016. For her MSc thesis and as part of the BESSTuna programme, Yaiza assessed a data collection system for handline tuna fisheries in Indonesia, thereby advising on possible improvements to obtain cost-effective quality data useful for local fishery management.
During her studies, Yaiza took the opportunity to work at Anova Seafood under the Fishing & Living™ initiative, where she developed a protocol to collect data on endangered, threatened and protected species, to better understand the interaction between vulnerable species and handline tuna fisheries. As well as providing a good understanding of sampling, data processing and its usage for fishery management objectives, her MSc degree has given her the opportunity to interact with a wide range of stakeholders, including governmental organizations, fishers, researchers, NGOs, and industry.
I have been part of the IPNLF family since 2017 and what a rewarding journey it continues to be. I am beyond grateful for the progress we have been able to achieve to improve tropical tuna fisheries management in the Atlantic Ocean; through a close collaboration with like minded delegations, we were able to get a much needed rebuilding plan for overfished bigeye tuna adopted. While much work remains to be done, I am excited about this work in progress and further contributing to expanding the positive social & environmental impact IPNLF is making globally. Not only in the policy space, but through pragmatic partnerships with commercial members as wellYaiza Dronkers Londoño (Atlantic Region Manager)