Seafood Watch program forges new partnership with tuna nonprofit

Published on
January 25, 2017

The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) has teamed up with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program to spread the message of seafood sustainability through a Conservation Partnership agreement.

IPNLF, which is committed to developing and supporting responsible one-by-one tuna fisheries and supply chains, joins the already extensive network of Seafood Watch Conservation Partners stretching across North America, Europe and Asia. Within the partnership, the nonprofit will work to promote sustainable seafood messaging by way of the Seafood Watch program, a thrilling venture according to Karin Stratton, Seafood Watch partnership program manager.

“We are thrilled to welcome IPNLF to our Conservation Partnership, a network of mission-aligned leaders in conservation and sustainability working to build awareness about ocean-friendly seafood choices. We look forward to working with IPNLF to empower consumers and businesses to make responsible choices for healthy oceans,” Stratton said.

Adam Baske, IPNLF’s director of policy and outreach, expressed similar enthusiasm about the new partnership.

“IPNLF is proud to become a partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program," Baske said. "As an international NGO that is working to develop and demonstrate the value of one-by-one tuna fisheries to coastal communities, it is vital that consumers are fully informed on the current state of stocks as well as the environmental impacts of the catching methods deployed within these fisheries. For many people around the world that look to make the most informed decision when it comes to purchasing seafood, Seafood Watch is regarded as the go-to resource.”

Baske said hsi organization only works with Seafood Watch-approved fisherise.

“The latest science-based recommendations provided by Seafood Watch classify the one-by-one tuna fisheries that we work with either as a Best Choice (green rating) or Good Alternative (yellow rating), reinforcing that these traditional fishing methods have minimal environmental impact,” Baske added.

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