The project supports efforts by the Hawaii Seafood Council and Hawaii longline fleet to improve the fishery for Hawaii pelagic seafood products. An MSC pre-assessment of this fishery was completed in 2009, updated in 2013, redone in 2014 with peer review from WCPFC and WPRFMC scientists, and updated in 2016.
The fishery is close to meeting the MSC standard and actions are focused on meeting at least a score of 80 on all MSC indicators, including the indicator for the status of bigeye tuna, which is experiencing overfishing at the stock level (MSC indicator 1.1.1).
The Hawaii Seafood Council represents diverse fisheries stakeholders and the Hawaii Longline Association represents the fleet.
In 2016 and 2017, the Hawaii Seafood Council and Hawaii Longline Association are focusing on improving conditions for crew welfare, specifically acting to ensure all terms of work for crew are clear and consistent with a workplace code of conduct that meets U.S. and international best practice and may be verified independently.
The project supports efforts by the Hawaii Seafood Council and Hawaii longline fleet to improve the fishery for Hawaii pelagic seafood products.
1. Contribute to better management for bigeye tuna, including spatially deaggregated management for bigeye tuna in 2014-2017.
2. Crew welfare: clear and consistent working conditions which can be verified independently, 2016-2018.
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