Eastern Pacific Ocean tropical tuna - purse seine (OPAGAC)

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This FIP encompasses all global tropical tuna stocks of three species: bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus), skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis) and yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) for a total of 13 Units of Certification. In the case of this specific sub-FIP for the Eastern Pacific Ocean, we deal with three stocks of tunas: one each for skipjack, bigeye tuna, and yellowfin tuna.

Because of the set-up of FisheryProgress, the overarching FIP was broken into four sub-FIPs according to the relevant RFMO (IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, and WCPFC). The reasoning behind this division is that each RFMO has different scores and actions for the various MSC principles, in particular for Principles 1 & 3. Had we grouped all RFMOs together, we would not have been able to present or track the various activities and timelines in a cohesive, clear and comprehensive manner.

This FIP encompasses all global tropical tuna stocks of three species: bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus), skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis) and yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) for a total of 13 Units of Certification.

FIP Objective(s) 

This FIP is working towards completing the following objectives by fall 2021:

  1. Achieve MSC certification for the OPAGAC industrial purse seine tuna fleet in three oceans and four RFMOs, within the next 5 years.
  2. Unify the industrial purse seine fishery into one MSC unit of certification instead of the misleading current division of free and associated schools.
  3. Bring together leading industry and environmental partners to work collaboratively towards sustainability of the fishery and ensure fair market access.
  4. Have RFMOs adopt Harvest Control Rules (HCR) for stocks of tropical tuna species, including support to the process of Management Strategy Evaluation based on the best science available.
  5. Adoption of robust ad-hoc rebuilding strategies, in line with MSC standards, for stocks not subject to HCR (where required).
  6. Influence the various RFMOs to adopt an ecosystem approach to fisheries management.
  7. Assist RFMOs in the adoption of best practices concerning the use of drift fish aggregating devices (dFADs), through provision of information in support of informed scientific advice. 
  8. Drive real changes in the fleet to minimize the impact of the fishery on non-target species and improve survivorship of sensitive species such as turtles, sharks, and any other sensitive bycatch.

Note: The Indicator Scores presented on this website are based on the MSC Performance Indicators (PI) for the species in worst shape in the fisheries. The way this website is currently set up does not allow for the entry of PI scores for more than one stock or species. In this case, two species have a yellow ranking (bigeye tuna and yellowfin tuna) but the stock of skipjack is in green.

FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Start and Projected End Dates
October, 2016
September, 2021
Common Name 
Bigeye Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus obesus
Common Name 
Skipjack Tuna
Scientific Name 
Katsuwonus pelamis
Common Name 
Yellowfin Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus albacares
Gear Type 
Purse Seine
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 77 (Pacific, Eastern Central)
Area 87 (Pacific, Southeast)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Flag of Vessel 
Flag of Vessel 
El Salvador
Flag of Vessel 
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
FIP Volume 
80,000 metric tons

How is this FIP Doing?

FisheryProgress.org uses 28 industry-standard indicators based on the Marine Stewardship Council Fisheries Standard to track FIP progress. This shows a snapshot of the FIP’s current performance against the indicators using the following scale: Red=below 60, Yellow=60-79, Green=80 or higher, Gray=data not available to score the fishery.
10% 48% 41%
This shows the proportion of actions in the workplan that the FIP has completed.
This shows the proportion of actions that are behind schedule, on track,completed, or not yet started.
Behind On Track Complete Future
0% 83% 17% 0%
This shows the proportion of actions specifically addressing red indicators that are behind schedule, on track, completed, or not yet started. This helps users understand the progress the FIP is making on the biggest challenges in the fishery.
Behind On Track Complete Future
0% 100% 0% 0%
FIP Progress Rating 
A - Advanced Progress
Some FIPs include objectives that go beyond the 28 indicators. Clicking on the links below will provide additional detail on other impacts the FIP is working to achieve.

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Dr Julio Morón
+34 91 431 48 57
Organization Name 
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Dr. Bill Fox