IPNLF Strategic Plan 2020-2025
IPNLF has been officially registered in the United Kingdom as a charity (charitable organisation) since 2012. Our 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. We recognise 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 our charitable objectives, IPNLF promotes the sustainable management of the world’s tuna fisheries while also recognising the importance of safeguarding the livelihoods they support. Our work to develop, support and promote one-by-one tuna fisheries is subsequently fully aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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, our new Strategic Plan 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, we have identified five Strategic Pillars that broadly cover the key areas of our work.
These are: (1) Fisheries Support, (2) Business Development, (3) Marketing and Communications, (4) Financial Management and (5) Good Governance.
Overarching Goals & Objectives
We want to ensure that responsible small-scale fisheries have the opportunities they rightly deserve. The five strategic pillars and the high-level goals, objectives and strategies associated with them, offer a structured way to focus and align our team on the key activities that are required to achieve our vision.
Fisheries Support is the largest and most public facing of the strategic pillars and our Fisheries Support pillar lies at the heart of what IPNLF does.
Support activities will vary from practical projects enabling small-scale fishers to implement best practices at sea, to ensuring due consideration of one-by-one fishers’ rights and needs in international fisheries management decision-making. The Fisheries Support workstream emphasises the application of modern innovations to promote the social and environmental benefits of one-by-one fisheries - and capitalises on this work to also improve market opportunities for these responsible one-by-one fisheries.
IPNLF Launches three crucial initiatives.
With the launch of IPNLF’s 2025 Commitment, our Sourcing Transparency Platform (STP) and our Fisheries Improvement Toolbox (FIT) we want to give greater recognition to our members for the support they are providing to one-by-one tuna fisheries worldwide.
Under IPNLF’s '2025 Commitment' we are challenging our members to demonstrate their commitment to ensuring the production of responsible seafood, by providing them with the impetus, targets and tools to implement time-bound improvements in their supply chains in a structured way. This commitment is a collaboration between IPNLF and our Members to co-create a fair & equitable world.
"All IPNLF Members commit to drive transparency, social responsibility, and environmental sustainability in their one-by-one tuna supply chains while actively implementing improvements in at least 75% of their one-by-one tuna supply chains by 2025..."
The Sourcing Transparency Platform (STP) will be the first global online platform to drive greater transparency in one-by-one tuna supply chains, whilst also publicly promoting and showcasing the responsible sourcing practices of the business community sourcing one-by-one tuna. We believe that because of this initiative, which will be made available to IPNLF members at no cost, we will contribute to shaping a more sustainable and fair future.
IPNLF’s Fisheries Improvement Toolbox (FIT) will help drive increased investments from the private sector to address traceability, seafood quality assurance, social-responsibility improvements, ecosystem and management improvements, and the attainment of plastic neutrality in their own supply chains. The safeguarding of the health, well-being, and fundamental human rights of all workers in one-by-one supply chains, in line with international standards and recommendations, will be a key priority.