Marshall Islands bigeye and yellowfin tuna longline

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Overview

The Marshall Islands longline tuna FIP was launched in 2011. The domestically-based Republic of the Marshall Islands pelagic longline fishery, which targets bigeye and yellowfin tunas and incidentally catches various additional market species, has about 38 active vessels participating in the fishery annually.  The fishery occurs entirely within the Marshall Islands EEZ. The project, designed to meet all elements of a comprehensive FIP as defined by the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, has an overarching aim of addressing all deficits identified in an MSC pre-assessment so that the fishery would pass an assessment against the MSC standard.

The Marshall Islands longline tuna FIP was launched in 2011.

FIP Objective(s) 

Improve fisheries management and practices to a point where the fishery passes an assessment against the MSC fishery standard - by January 2021.

NOTE: the INDICATORS scores against the MSC PIs are for WCPO bigeye tuna. Because the FisheryProgress.org website does not have the ability to enter indicator scores for more than one stock, we're unable to present scores for WCPO yellowfin tuna, which is a 2nd MSC principle 1 Unit of Assessment of this project.

FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Start and Projected End Dates
May, 2011
January, 2021
Species 
Common Name 
Bigeye Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus obesus
Common Name 
Yellowfin Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus albacares
Gear Type 
Longline
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 71 (Pacific, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Marshall Islands (the)
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
WCPFC
Volume
FIP Volume 
5,100 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.
18% 32% 50%
This shows the proportion of actions in the workplan that the FIP has completed.
17%  
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% 75% 25% 0%
FIP Progress Rating 
A
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 
Co-Lead: Norpac Fisheries Export
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Tom Kraft
Organization Name 
Co-Lead: Luen Thai Fishing Venture
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
E Gilman