Federated States of Micronesia yellowfin and bigeye tuna - longline

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Overview

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) longline tuna FIP was launched in 2012. The FIP entered "stage 2" in January 2016. The fishery achieved MSC certification for WCPO yellowfin tuna in 2018, and is currently under MSC full assessment for WCPO bigeye tuna. The locally-based pelagic longline fishery that operates in the FSM's Exclusive Economic Zone targets bigeye and yellowfin tunas and incidentally catches various additional market species. There are about 50 active vessels in the fishery. The project, designed to meet all elements of a comprehensive FIP as defined by the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, has an overarching aim of addressing all deficiencies identified in an MSC pre-assessment so that the fishery will pass an assessment against the MSC standard. Key improvements needed include putting in place elements of robust harvest strategies for the two stocks of the principal market species; augmenting the institutional capacity to achieve the prescribed minimum observer coverage rate to meet scientific objectives of monitoring; and augmenting the management system for stocks and populations of vulnerable secondary species, including endangered, threatened and protected species. 

FIP Description 

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) longline tuna FIP was launched in 2012. The FIP entered "stage 2" in January 2016.

FIP Objective(s) 

The project aims is to improve fisheries management and practices by January 2020 so that the fishery is able to pass an assessment for WCPO bigeye tuna against the MSC fisheries standard.
 

FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
January 2016
January 2020
Next Progress Report Due 
Friday, November 30, 2018
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 
Micronesia (Federated States of)
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Volume
FIP Volume 
1,500 metric tons
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FIP at a Glance

21% 79%
January 01, 2016
14% 32% 54%
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
  • 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.
Nov 2018
Target End Date
Jan 2020
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Lead: Luen Thai Fishing Venture
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Eric Gilman FIP Coordinator
Organization Name 
Co-lead: FSM National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA)
Organization Type 
Other
Primary Contact 
Bradley Phillip
Organization Name 
Co-lead: Anova Foods USA
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Helen Packer
Organization Name 
Co-lead: Norpac Fisheries Export
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Tom Kraft
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