Science & Evidence

Environmentally, socially and economically sustainable fisheries are essential to ensuring thriving coastal communities, including the people, businesses and seas dependent upon them. IPNLF work across science, policy and the entire tuna supply chain to support tangible change in one-by-one fisheries for current and future generations.

We use evidence-based, solutions-focused approaches, with guidance from our Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) and our Trustees, to try and build the research-base that can inform best practice and improvement initiatives.

Scientific Research

One of our ongoing priorities in the Maldives is onboard fisheries science research in the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified pole-and-line skipjack and yellowfin tuna fisheries.

Kelsey Miller, IPNLF's Fisheries Science Research Officer measures the length, weight and girth of tuna in Laamu, Maldives. © IPNLF

Our researchers collect data on the tuna catch (volume, species and size), as well as the bait use, fuel use and any by-catch from these trips. Similar observations are also made relating to the fleet’s bait fishing.

IPNLF shares such information through Technical Reports and it informs efforts to help the fishermen adopt more efficient bait and fuel use systems. These valuable records are also given to the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission and the Maldives’ Marine Research Centre to increase their understanding of the stocks and to act as the scientific basis for future management decisions.


Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC)

Using their expert insights, as well as the latest data and scientific peer reviewed advice, our Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) directs IPNLF on how to best evidence sustainability and increase the supply of tuna from one-by-one fisheries.

Staff, trustees and STAC gathered in Bangkok, August 2015 for IPNLF annual meetings. © IPNLF

STAC membership is by invitation and members are handpicked by consensus among IPNLF Trustees for a period of five years. Generally, members are well-known, experienced professionals and academics in fishery research, development and management.

The STAC meets face-to-face approximately once a year to identify emerging issues that are likely to affect one-by-one fisheries, as well as areas in which the IPNLF can provide maximum impact. Our executive team then incorporates their advice and recommendations into our strategic planning, which advances the ideas into funded projects that ultimately benefit the entire supply chain. 

Technical Reports

Through the invaluable support of our members and STAC, we produce a number of important Technical Reports that explore key opportunities and challenges facing specific one-by-one fisheries.

Because of the complex nature of these fisheries from environmental, social and economic perspectives, the primary aim of these studies is to provide factual evaluations of our sector to a level of detail not previously available. The data-rich nature of these reports means they can be used as a knowledge tool to guide future strategies in the most sustainable manner possible.

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