Eastern Pacific large pelagics - longline (Martec)

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Overview

The Eastern Pacific Longline Large Pelagics FIP (Martec) fishery targets yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares), mahi mahi (Coryphaena hippurus), and swordfish (Xiphias gladius) only in Costa Rica. The 200 longline vessels are flagged to Costa Rica and fish on the high seas and within the Costa Rica and Panama EEZs. The fishery is managed by the Costa Rican Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (INCOPESCA) and the Panama Aquatic Resources Authority (ARAP) and regionally the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC).

FIP Description 

The Eastern Pacific Longline Large Pelagics FIP (Martec) fishery targets yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares), mahi mahi (Coryphaena hippurus), and swordfish (Xiphias gladius) only in Costa Rica.

FIP Objective(s) 
  • Sustainable Fish Stocks – To ensure tuna, swordfish, and mahi mahi catches across the Eastern Pacific Ocean do not exceed sustainable levels
  • Minimising Environmental Impacts – To ensure we are not having a negative impact on primary, secondary and ETP species
  • Effective Management – To strengthen governance systems in Flag States, RFMO and the Eastern Pacific Longline Large Pelagics (Martec) fishery

Overall we aim to meet an unconditional pass of the MSC Standard by November 2025.

FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 3: FIP Implementation
Start and Projected End Dates
November 2020
November 2025
Next Progress Report Due 
Friday, December 31, 2021
Species 
Common Name 
Yellowfin Tuna
Scientific Name
Thunnus albacares
Common Name 
Mahi-mahi
Scientific Name
Coryphaena hippurus
Common Name 
Swordfish
Scientific Name
Xiphias gladius
Gear Type 
Longline
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 77 (Pacific, Eastern Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Costa Rica
Geographic Scope 
entire country
Country 
Panama
Geographic Scope 
entire country
Country Flag of Vessel 
Costa Rica
Country Flag of Vessel 
Panama
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
IATTC
Landings
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
1,200 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
2,800 metric tons
Landings Date 
August 2021
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FIP at a Glance

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November 01, 2020
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Progress Rating

A - Advanced Progress
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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.
Dec 2021
Target End Date
Nov 2025

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Key Traceability Ltd.
Organization Type 
Consultant
Primary Contact 
Tom Evans
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.
14707