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IPNLF launches strategic plan. The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) has launched their Strategic Plan 2020-2025 announcing their vision, mission, and IPNLF’s Five Strategic Pillars to cover the key areas of their work to globally represent responsible small-scale one-by-one fisheries.

IPNLF has been officially registered in the United Kingdom as a charity (charitable organisation) since 2012. Their charitable objectives are focused on promoting sustainable development through ocean conservation and strengthening the ability of small-scale fishers to conserve biodiversity, build climate resilience and alleviate poverty. The organisation recognises that small-scale fisheries are often deeply rooted in the social and cultural fabric of coastal fishing communities, and are vital in supporting local economies and ensuring sustained food security.

To achieve their charitable objectives, IPNLF promotes the sustainable management of the world’s tuna fisheries while also recognising the importance of safeguarding the livelihoods they support. IPNLF’s work is to develop, support and promote one-by-one tuna fisheries –  which is subsequently fully aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development:

Martin Purves, IPNLF Managing Director, said:

“Looking ahead to 2025, 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. However, 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. Markets will be an important driver to achieve holistic sustainability by purposefully supporting the most socially responsible and ecologically sustainable seafood choices.”                                                                                      

In response to these challenges, IPNLF’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025 will continue to help drive the sustainable management of the world’s one-by-one tuna fisheries, and focus on cultivating an increased understanding amongst the seafood industry and wider public regarding the socially responsible and environmentally sustainable sourcing credentials of these fisheries. To achieve this, they have identified five Strategic Pillars that broadly cover the key areas of work. These are: (1) Fisheries Support, (2) Business Development, (3) Marketing and Communications, (4) Financial Management and (5) Good Governance.