WORLDWIDE: The world’s first one-by-one tuna conference, held in the Azores Islands, concluded with the definitive commitment to ensure a sustainable and equitable future for fisheries as well as to prioritise the needs of associated communities and cultures.
The conference, hosted by the Government of the Azores’ Regional Secretariat for the Sea, Science and Technology and the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), has concluded with participants issuing the Azores Declaration in Support of One-by-One Tuna Fisheries.
The Declaration calls for six key principles to be supported throughout all one-by-one tuna fishery supply chains:
1. Sustainability to be approached in a holistic manner that acknowledges the environmental, social and economic characteristics of fisheries and the people involved.
2. The socio-cultural heritage of one-by-one tuna fisheries to be respected and supported.
3.The economic, social and cultural rights of women to be addressed, strengthened and protected to enable them to participate fully in, and benefit from one-by-one tuna fisheries.
4. One-by-one tuna fisheries to have a valid stake in the resources that are valued and protected.
5. One-by-one tuna fisheries to have their position represented and reflected in fisheries management at all levels.
6. One-by-one tuna fisheries to have a valid place in the global marketplace and their participation encouraged and not discriminated against or presented with barriers to market.
In signing the Declaration, participants at the conference agreed on three clearly stated courses of action:
- Work towards sustainable and equitable tuna fisheries and to address the needs of one-by-one tuna fisheries.
- Use their collective voice to raise the profile of these fisheries with relevant decision makers, throughout supply chains, and to consumers to ensure these fisheries can thrive for generations to come.
- Take action to support the one-by-one tuna fisheries and the associated communities and marine environments linked to them.
The conference was attended by 200 one-by-one fishery stakeholders including fishing associations, commercial fishing industry representatives, processors, suppliers, brands, retailers, governments, researchers and NGOs, with attendees sharing information and learning about the status of all of the world’s leading one-by-one fisheries, as well as the social-economic and environmental dimensions of these fisheries and ways to enhance traceability and better tell the story of one-by-one tuna products and the communities responsible for them.