How Can Tuna Safeguard People, Planet, and Prosperity?

With approximately 820 million people dependent on fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods around the world, the global seafood industry has a clear responsibility to deliver upon the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The complex challenges faced by the global food systems are driven by an ever-growing population, increasing inequity, and ecosystems and climates that are put under accelerating stress. Martin Purves will discuss how a new, independent initiative — led by ocean leaders from business, civil society, international organizations, science and technology in a global, multi-stakeholder partnership could take on this challenge.

Martin Purves

Managing Director, International Pole and Line Foundation

Martin Purves is a fisheries management and engagement specialist with over 20 years of field, government, consultancy, market and non-profit sector experience. He has been leading the work of the International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF) as Managing Director since 2016. Martin started his career as a fisheries observer on fishing vessels, later also joining scientific cruises as a cruise leader, spending more than 3 years of his life on fishing vessels of all sizes in the Southern, Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. He gained further experience by working as a resource manager at the South African fisheries department where he represented his country at RFMO meetings. In between his stint as a government scientist and fisheries manager, and before establishing and leading the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) SouthernAfrica Programme for seven years, he worked as a fisheries consultant for MRAG and Catfish. The Toughest job he ever did was to work as a fisherman in the Southern Ocean