Indonesian one-by-one tuna fishers celebrate their catch © Paul Hilton & IPNLF

In volume terms, Indonesia is the world’s largest tuna fishing nation and one of the biggest sources of sustainably caught pole-and-line and handline (one-by-one) tuna. Since 2012, IPNLF has been working with the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), Asosiasi Perikanan Pole & Line dan Handline (AP2HI), Yayasan Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI), and other partners to bring industry, government and scientists closer together to strengthening policy and implementing practical fishery improvements. In 2017, a partnership project was launched to demonstrate the value that a well-managed fishery can bring to coastal fishing communities.

Learn about the latest project highlights in the timeline below. 


To date in 2019, IPNLF and its project partners accelerated activities to enter a one-by-one tuna fishery into MSC full-assessment. Data collection and processing activities have progressed in key fishery areas. The project attracted global media attention and compelling communications material was launched.


In 2018, IPNLF and its partners AP2HI and MDPI reached some major milestones: action plans for the fisheries that would be the focus of improvement activities were developed; data collection was strengthened; and the market made commitments to preferentially source Indonesian one-by-one tuna when it becomes MSC certified. The first Indonesian skipjack pole-and-line tuna fishery achieved MSC certification, paving the way for other fisheries in the region.


A new partnership to fast track improvements in the Indonesian one-by-one tuna fishery was officially launched in November 2017. The two-year project supported by the Walton Family Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, in collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries and Asosiasi Perikanan Pole & Line dan Handline (AP2HI), aims to expedite improvements in the pole-and-line and handline fisheries to enable them to reach the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard.

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