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Maldives: Tuna protections ramp up courtesy of new agreement November 29,2019   |  Source: Seafood Source

The International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF) has signed a five-year memorandum of understanding with the Maldives Seafood Processors and Exporters Association (MSPEA) defining long-term objectives between the two parties on joint sustainability initiatives. The agreement, which was ratified in Malé, Republic of Maldives, outlines “a dynamic, collaborative commitment to support the local tuna sector,” IPNLF and MSPEA said in a press release. Ultimately, the commitment sets out to improve the livelihoods of fisheries’ communities in the Maldives, as well as ensure that the region remains at the forefront of the global one-by-one tuna supply. Working together, IPNLF and MSPEA will continue to study the social and economic contributions of the Maldives one-by-one fisheries, which are comprised 100 percent of locally-owned fishing operations that engage in traditional practices.

“The Maldives is widely considered the home of pole-and-line tuna, and so the signing of this MOU is a very important step for all those connected locally and internationally to these fisheries. By working much closer together, IPNLF and MSPEA intend to further advance all the good work that has already been done. We want to continue to build a stronger and more commercially competitive

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