IPNLF & ISSF launch first practical reference guide for pole-and-line fishing

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Thursday, 18 July 2019 10:18

A new guidebook detailing science-based best-practices for maximising catch value

and also minimising the environmental impacts of these fisheries has been jointly published by and the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) and the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF).

The ‘Skippers’ Guidebook to Pole-and-Line Fishing Best Practices’ has been written by fishers, marine scientists and pole-and-line experts. Aimed at one-by-one fishers and fishery stakeholders, the Guidebook offers practical advice on conducting these artisanal tuna fishing operations – from capture to handling and storage methods.

As highlighted in the Guidebook, pole-and-line fishing has gained attention as a responsible method of harvesting tuna. With the growing consumer awareness about the sustainability of seafood resources, this Guidebook is well placed to provide a resource for fishers globally to optimise the efficiency of their operations, maximise catch quality and recognise and address the environmental impacts of their activities in order to reach the increasing demand for pole-and-line caught products.

Topics covered by the guidebook include:

● Tuna species targeted by pole-and-line fisheries
● Fishing operations in pole-and-line tuna fishing
● Tuna catch handling and storage
● Baitfish catch methods, management, and utilisation in pole-and-line fisheries

The chapters include a comprehensive series of examples and recommendations to help pole-and-line fishers understand and implement best-practise guidance.

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