COMPLETED Cook Islands bigeye tuna - longline

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Overview

Since 2013, Anova Food/Fishing & Living and Luen Thai Fishing Ventures have been co-leading the Cook Islands Fishery Improvement Project for the country's pelagic longline tuna fishery. The FIP covers all vessels that are participating in the Cook Islands longline fishery. In March 2017, the yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) portion of this fishery became MSC-certified. The FIP now only covers bigeye tuna caught both within the Cook Islands Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and on the adjacent high seas. Vessels in this fishery primarily fish within the Cook Islands EEZ and about 5% of fishing effort occurs in the country's adjacent high seas. Participants of this FIP currently include the Ministry of Marine Resources of the Cook Islands (MMR), Luen Thai Fishing Ventures and Anova Food LLC/Fishing & Living.

FIP Description 

Since 2013, Anova Food/Fishing & Living and Luen Thai Fishing Ventures have been co-leading the Cook Islands Fishery Improvement Project for the country's pelagic longline tuna fishery. The FIP covers all vessels that are participating in the

FIP Objective(s) 

The objective of this FIP is MSC certification of the Cook Islands longline Bigeye tuna by February 2020. This part of the fishery entered MSC re-certification in October 2019. See the fishery's MSC site for additional information.

FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
February 2017
February 2020
Species 
Common Name 
Bigeye Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus obesus
Gear Type 
Longline
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 71 (Pacific, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Cook Islands (the)
Country Flag of Vessel 
China
Country Flag of Vessel 
Micronesia (Federated States of)
Country Flag of Vessel 
Cook Islands (the)
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
WCPFC
High Seas Name 
Pacific Ocean
Volume
FIP Volume 
350 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
4,600 metric tons
Volume Date 
October 2018
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FIP at a Glance

25% 75%
February 01, 2017
7% 25% 68%
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
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Target End Date
Feb 2020
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Anova Food LLC
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Helen Packer
Organization Name 
Luen Thai Fishing Ventures
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Eric Gilman
Organization Name 
Cook Islands Ministry of Marine Resources
Organization Type 
Other
Organization Name 
Yi Rong Fishery Company
Organization Type 
Industry
Organization Name 
Norpac Fisheries Export
Organization Type 
Industry
Organization Name 
Pacific Community
Organization Type 
Other
Organization Name 
Western and Central Pacific Commission
Organization Type 
Other
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