COMPLETED Atlantic Ocean tropical tuna - purse seine (OPAGAC)

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What is a Completed FIP?
Completed FIPs are those that have independent verification that they have achieved their environmental objectives and/or graduated to MSC full assessment or other program assessment. Completed FIPs no longer report on their environmental performance but may choose to voluntarily report on their social performance.

Date of Completion: Aug 2020
Explanation of Completion: This FIP entered MSC full assessment but it is continuing to report on its social performance.
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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 Atlantic Ocean, we deal with four stocks of tunas: two for skipjack (eastern and western), and one each for bigeye tuna and yellowfin tuna.

Because of the set-up of this webpage, 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 Principles 1 & 3. Had we grouped all RFMOs we would not have been able to neither present nor track the various activities and timelines in a cohesive, clear and comprehensive manner.

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FIP Description 

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) 
  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. Promote the adoption by RFMOs of Harvest Control Rules for stocks of tropical tuna species, including support to the process of Management Strategy Evaluation based on the best science available;
  5. For stocks not subject to HCR promote, where required, the adoption of robust ad-hoc rebuilding strategies, in line with MSC standards.
  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 over non-target species and improve survivorship of sensitive species such as turtles, sharks, and any other sensitive bycatch

Note: The Indicator Scores presented in this website are based on the MSC Performance Indicators (PI) for the species in worst shape in the fisheries. This is because of the way this website is set up, as it does not permit 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 two stocks of skipjack (Eastern and Western) are 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 31 (Atlantic, Western Central)
Area 34 (Atlantic, Eastern Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Cabo Verde
Côte d'Ivoire
Equatorial Guinea
Sao Tome and Principe
Sierra Leone
Country Flag of Vessel 
Country Flag of Vessel 
Country Flag of Vessel 
El Salvador
Country Flag of Vessel 
Country Flag of Vessel 
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
95,000 metric tons

FIP at a Glance

11% 29% 61%
October 01, 2016
11% 57% 32%
Progress Rating

A - Advanced Progress
Reserved for comprehensive FIPs that have a Stage 4 or 5 result within the past 12 months.

B - Good Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 in more than 12 months AND Stage 3 activity in the last year; OR a basic FIP that has achieved Stage 4 or 5 achievements within the past 12 months.

C - Some Recent Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months but has not generated a Stage 3 result within the past 12 months OR a FIP younger than a year that has never achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result but has completed a Stage 3 activity.

D - Some Past Progress
A FIP for which the most recent publicly reported Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 30) months.

E - Negligible Progress
A FIP older than a year that has not reported a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 30 month (but less than 36) months; OR a FIP younger than 1 year that has not reported a Stage 3 activity.

The ratings are currently derived by SFP from publicly available data on FIP websites, including, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF
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Actions Complete

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  • Complete
  • Incomplete
Target End Date
Sep 2021
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Dr Julio Morón
+34 91 431 48 57
Organization Name 
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Raul Garcia Rodriguez
FIP Identification Number The FIP Identification Number is automatically generated by FisheryProgress when a FIP profile is created. While the number itself is not meaningful, they are used by NGOs, academia, and industry to refer to FIPs in a consistent way.