Eastern Pacific Ocean skipjack and bigeye tuna - purse seine (AGAC)

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Overview

AGAC has recently assessed its tropical tuna fishery against the MSC Fisheries Standard - it resulted in the certification of the yellowfin tuna stock, which was one of the three Units of Assessment (for more information on this process, click here).

With its Eastern Pacific Ocean skipjack & bigeye tuna - purse seine FIP, the goal is to contribute to the improvement of skipjack and bigeye tuna stock status in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, more specifically in the IATTC area of purview, as these stocks did not meet the MSC requirements in the aforementioned assessment. For that, the work here will focus only on the PIs that did not meet SG80 (mainly the ones that might not be fully tackled by the MSC Certification's Client Action Plan, more specifically to resolve the non-binding conditions that were set) and on the recommendations made by the CAB.

This FIP was developed exclusively by AGAC.

(NB: AGAC = Asociación de Grandes Atuneros Congeladores = Association of Large Tuna Freezers; please note that the denomination OPAGAC [Organización de Productores de Grandes Atuneros Congeladores] is contained in AGAC and refers to vessels flagged in the EU. While the name "OPAGAC" is more widely known, it is AGAC that integrates all the vessels in the association)

FIP Description 

AGAC has recently assessed its tropical tuna fishery against the MSC Fisheries Standard - it resulted in the certification of the yellowfin tuna stock, which was one of the three Units of Assessment (for more information on this process,

FIP Objective(s) 

Enter full assessment against the MSC Fisheries Standard by the end of 2026.

FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 2: FIP Launch
Start and Projected End Dates
August 2022
December 2026
Species 
Common Name 
Skipjack Tuna
Scientific Name
Katsuwonus pelamis
Common Name 
Bigeye Tuna
Scientific Name
Thunnus obesus
Gear Type 
Purse Seine
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 77 (Pacific, Eastern Central)
Area 81 (Pacific, Southwest)
Area 87 (Pacific, Southeast)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Ecuador
Geographic Scope 
whole EEZ
Country 
Kiribati
Geographic Scope 
whole EEZ
Country Flag of Vessel 
Spain
Country Flag of Vessel 
El Salvador
Country Flag of Vessel 
Ecuador
Country Flag of Vessel 
Panama
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
IATTC
Landings
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
60,000 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
85,000 metric tons
Landings Date 
December 2021
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FIP at a Glance

32% 68%
August 01, 2022
32% 68%
Progress Rating (A) Advanced Progress

Reserved for comprehensive FIPs that have achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result within the past 12 months.

(B) Good Progress

A basic FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result within 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 AND has reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
  • A FIP younger than 12 months that has never achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result but has reported a Stage 3 activity within the first 12 months.
(D) Some Past Progress
  • A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months BUT has not reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
  • A FIP for which the most recent Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 36) months old AND a Stage 3 activity has been reported within six months.
  • A FIP 12-36 months old that has never reported a Stage 4 or 5 result AND has reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
(E) Negligible Progress
  • A FIP for which the most recent Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 36) months old, with no Stage 3 activity reported in the last six months.
  • A FIP younger than 12 months with no Stage 3 activity reported within 12 months.
  • A FIP 12-36 months old that has never reported a Stage 4 or 5 result AND has not reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.

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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Actions Complete

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  • Incomplete
Target End Date
Dec 2026
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
AGAC - Asociación de Grandes Atuneros Congeladores
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Isadora Moniz
Email 
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.
17997