Eastern Pacific Ocean tuna - longline (Transmarina)

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In 2016, the longliner fishery of Transmarina conducted a pre-assessed against the MSC v2.0 Standard. The unit of assessment considered for the analysis was: Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares), Bigeye (Thunnus obesus) and South Pacific Albacore (Thunnus Alalunga), with longline vessels under the flag of Ecuador in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO).

The Transmarina longline fleet has 2 industrial longline vessels between 42 and 50 meters length, operating in international waters in the FAO 87 zone, in the Galapagos Islands and within the EEZ of Ecuador. Vessels name: Altar 10 and 21.

The general settings and the fishing gear are similar to the Japanese fleet operating in the EPO. It is estimated that vessels deploy between 2000 and 3000 hooks during each fishing operation, with an average depth between 35 and 40 m. The catches include a wide range of retained species (up to 17 in total),  most of which are sharks.

The pre-assessment was based on a previous analysis of the Ecuadorian purse-seine tuna fishery (MRAG Americas, 2015), which was adapted for the longline fishery and updated to the new version (v2.0) of the MSC standard. The Standard evaluates three principles.

FIP Description 

In 2016, the longliner fishery of Transmarina conducted a pre-assessed against the MSC v2.0 Standard.

FIP Objective(s) 

Achieve MSC v2.0 Standard certification by December 2021.


FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
November 2018
December 2021
Progress UPDATE: August 2020 Because of the problems caused by the pandemic, it will push forward the end date of the FIP to December 2023. We are working very hard to achieve our goals on time. And this date update will be reflected in this website at the end of this year because we are in the middle of a modification in the work plan.
Next Progress Report Due 
Monday, February 28, 2022
Common Name 
Albacore Tuna
Scientific Name
Thunnus alalunga
Common Name 
Yellowfin Tuna
Scientific Name
Thunnus albacares
Common Name 
Bigeye Tuna
Scientific Name
Thunnus obesus
Gear Type 
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 87 (Pacific, Southeast)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
High Seas Name 
Pacific Ocean
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
260 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
65,613 metric tons
Landings Date 
December 2020

FIP at a Glance

4% 64% 32%
November 01, 2018
25% 39% 36%
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
A Advanced 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.
Feb 2022
Target End Date
Dec 2021

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Guillermo Morán
+593 98 488 1516
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.