IPNLF film applauds Indonesian tuna fishing

The IPNLF has released a new film about the tuna industry in Indonesia Photo: IPNLF The IPNLF has released a new film about the tuna industry in Indonesia Photo: IPNLF

The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), a charity committed to developing and supporting responsible one-by-one tuna fisheries and supply chains, has released a new film about Indonesia’s fisheries.

The film, titled An Indonesian tuna tale: Championing sustainability, highlights the social and economic role played by the region’s tuna fisheries and the journey to achieve their market ambitions.

Commenting on the launch of the new film, Jeremy Crawford, Southeast Asia Director of IPNLF, said that the film illustrates the very strong ties that exist between coastal fishers and the tuna resource.

“It’s important that we hear the voices in these communities, and understand the journey that they have been on, so that we can do right by them in the future,” he said.

“With the appropriate level of support, we are confident that the future of these fisheries can be assured and opportunities created to expand them for many generations to come.”

The tide is turning

The country has faced challenges in recent times as a result of illegal fishing and intense catching by local and foreign fishing fleets. However, owing to the Indonesian government’s tough stance to protect its fish resources and marine habitats, as well as endeavours from non-governmental organisations, the science community and fishing industry, the tide is turning.

The film shares the story of Indonesia’s one-by-one tuna fisheries workers, explaining why they are committed to sustainability, as well as the value that good management can bring.

The film also highlights the contribution that tuna purchasing businesses can make to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by demonstrating a greater commitment to traditional small-scale tuna fisheries.

The new film was produced in partnership with Asosiasi Perikanan Pole & Line dan Handline and Masyarakat Perikanan dan Indonesia, with support from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation and Caterers Choice.

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