Atlantic Ocean tuna - longline (Bumble Bee/FCF)

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Overview

The fishery being assessed is the Atlantic Ocean tuna - longline (FCF) fishery. The fishery targets albacore (Thunnus alalunga), bigeye (Thunnus obesus) and yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares). The longline vessels in this assessment are flagged to Taiwan, Namibia, Belize and Panama and fish on the high seas and within the Namibia Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The fishery is managed regionally the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).

FIP Description 

The fishery being assessed is the Atlantic Ocean tuna - longline (FCF) fishery. The fishery targets albacore (Thunnus alalunga), bigeye (Thunnus obesus) and yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares).

FIP Objective(s) 

Sustainable Fish Stocks – To ensure tuna and other primary species catches across the Atlantic Ocean do not exceed sustainable levels by 2026.

Minimising Environmental Impacts – To promote an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management by 2026.

Effective Management – To strengthen governance systems in Flag States, RFMO, and the fishery by 2026.

Be in a place to enter MSC full assessment in 2026.

FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 3: FIP Implementation
Start and Projected End Dates
October 2021
October 2026
Next Progress Report Due 
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Species 
Common Name 
Bigeye Tuna
Scientific Name
Thunnus obesus
Common Name 
Albacore Tuna
Scientific Name
Thunnus alalunga
Common Name 
Yellowfin Tuna
Scientific Name
Thunnus albacares
Gear Type 
Longline
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 34 (Atlantic, Eastern Central)
Area 41 (Atlantic, Southwest)
Area 47 (Atlantic, Southeast)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Namibia
Geographic Scope 
Within EEZ
Country Flag of Vessel 
Panama
Country Flag of Vessel 
Belize
Country Flag of Vessel 
Namibia
Country Flag of Vessel 
Taiwan
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
ICCAT
Landings
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
3,240 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
5,000 metric tons
Landings Date 
September 2021
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FIP at a Glance

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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 FisheryProgress.org, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF
C Some Recent Progress
Actions Complete

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  • Complete
  • Incomplete
Next Update Due FisheryProgress requires a FIP to provide update reports every six months, and two missed reports will render the FIP inactive. If a report is overdue, this date will appear red.
Apr 2022
Target End Date
Oct 2026

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Key Traceability Asia
Organization Type 
Consultant
Primary Contact 
Tom Evans
Phone 
07584659898
Organization Name 
FCF Co. Ltd.
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Jubby Sun
Organization Name 
Bumble Bee Foods, LLC
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Leslie Hushka
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.
16587