PROSPECTIVE European Union blue shark and swordfish - longline

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What is a Prospective FIP?
Prospective FIPs intend to meet the requirements for active FIPs within one year. These projects are posted on FisheryProgress to help users identify opportunities to support developing FIPs and prevent the start of duplicate FIPs. Prospective FIPs are not yet demonstrating progress toward sustainability.

The EU surface longline fleet has been concentrating efforts on the implementation of national and regional strategies for the conservation of their target species including measures such as minimizing incidental catches, collaborating with the scientific community, and finning bans.

In 2014, an MSC pre-assessment was conducted for all swordfish and blue shark stocks, and in 2016, the fishery was close to meeting the MSC standard for north and south Atlantic swordfish. Focus on improvements for all the fleet operations moved towards promoting the creation of a FIP for all swordfish (Xiphias gladius ) and blue shark (Prionace glauca ) stocks for the North and South Atlantic Ocean, the Western and Central Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean.

The industry community recently created the ANECTEAM association to work together with the EU surface longline fleet. ANECTEAM is focused on getting visibility and recognition from the consumers, raising public and environmental NGO opinions about efforts to boost sustainability, encouraging distribution chains to purchase the fishery's products, and increasing recognition at the international level of a sustainable industry and fleet that is allowed to trade in fins and shark meat. This FIP represents 4 shipowners' associations (90 % catches EU fleet), 14 supply chain companies (80 % UE), and 160 fishing vessels (95% of EU fishing vessels in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans).

Due to their migratory nature and extensive distribution throughout several oceans, the management of swordfish and blue shark is carried out internationally by RFMOs (ICCAT, IOTC, IATTC, and WCPFC) through a system of catch totals (TAC)

FIP Description 

The EU surface longline fleet has been concentrating efforts on the implementation of national and regional strategies for the conservation of their target species including measures such as minimizing incidental catches, collaborating with the sc

FIP Type 
Prospective
FIP Stage 
Stage 1: FIP Development
Species 
Common Name 
Swordfish
Scientific Name 
Xiphias gladius
Common Name 
Blue Shark
Scientific Name 
Prionace glauca
Gear Type 
Longline
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country Flag of Vessel 
Spain
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
ICCAT
IATTC
IOTC
WCPFC
High Seas Name 
Atlantic Ocean
High Seas Name 
Pacific Ocean
High Seas Name 
Indian Ocean
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
ANECTEAM
Organization Type 
Other
Primary Contact 
Emilio Martínez
Organization Name 
ORGANIZACIÓN DE PALANGREROS GUARDESES
Organization Type 
Other
Primary Contact 
Juana M Parada Guinaldo
Phone 
+0034 986 611 341
Organization Name 
ORGANIZACIÓN DE PRODUCTORES DE BUQUES CONGELADORES DE MERLÚCIDOS CEFALÓPODOS Y ESPECIES VARIAS
Organization Type 
Other
Primary Contact 
Edelmiro Ulloa Alonso
Phone 
+0034 986 433 844
Organization Name 
ORGANIZACIÓN DE PRODUCTORES DE PESCA FRESCA DEL PUERTO Y RÍA DE MARÍN. OPROMAR
Organization Type 
Other
Primary Contact 
Juan Martín Fragueiro
Phone 
+0034 986 88 21 69
Organization Name 
ORGANIZACIÓN DE PRODUCTORES DE LA PROVINCIA DE LUGO
Organization Type 
Other
Primary Contact 
José Manuel Beltrán
Phone 
+0034 982 57 28 23
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Expiration Date 
October 2019