Ghana tuna - pole & line

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Overview

The Ghana tuna pole & line FIP has been jointly established by key governments in the region, major tuna processors, producer organisations and their fishing vessels, with the support of WWF. This FIP is a multi-stakeholder effort, and its goal is to support improvement in the management of tuna fisheries in the Atlantic Ocean so that in the future, consumers can be assured that the pole and line tuna they purchase has been harvested sustainably. The ultimate aim is to meet the standards of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Pole and line fishing is highly selective and the volume of tuna unfit to canneries is marginal. Tuna unfit for tuna canneries are sold to local markets, mostly through Tema and to some extent Abidjan.

The fleet catches mainly skipjack (2/3 of their total catch) and yellowfin tuna (currently around 1/3) as target species, in association with bigeye tuna. To catch tuna, the pole and line vessel vessels use drifting fish aggregating devices (DFADs) and small pelagic fish caught in Ghana waters as bait.

Target species: this FIP will consider the following three pelagic tuna species as the target species: skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis), yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) and bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus)

Fishing methods: This FIP will include the use of pole and line catching of individual tuna.

Fishing area: The fishing area is the Atlantic Ocean under the jurisdiction of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna.e.g. FAO Statistical Areas 34.

Fishing fleet: The fishing fleet currently numbers 17 vessels fishing for, or on behalf of, the FIP participants. The exact nature of the fleet will be clarified as the FIP partnership evolves, and will be assessed in detail during FIP action planning. However, it is recognised that the fishing fleet might change over time if the FIP partnership is enlarged or decreased.

FIP Description 

The Ghana tuna pole & line FIP has been jointly established by key governments in the region, major tuna processors, producer organisations and their fishing vessels, with the support of WWF.

FIP Objective(s) 
  • To form a collaboration between governments, industry and fleets to bring about improvements in the fishery.
  • To address the shortfalls in the stock health, ecosystem health and management of the fishery by meeting actions described by the Improvement Performance Goals (IPGs).
  • To improve the fishery to a point at which it can undergo full assessment by the MSC by the end of December 2023.
FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 2: FIP Launch
Start and Projected End Dates
November 2018
December 2023
Next Progress Report Due 
Monday, March 30, 2020
Species 
Common Name 
Skipjack Tuna
Scientific Name 
Katsuwonus pelamis
Common Name 
Bigeye Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus obesus
Common Name 
Yellowfin Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus albacares
Gear Type 
Pole
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 34 (Atlantic, Eastern Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Ghana
Country 
Côte d'Ivoire
Country 
Benin
Country 
Togo
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Volume
FIP Volume 
30,000 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
30,000 metric tons
Volume Date 
January 2019
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FIP at a Glance

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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
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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.
Mar 2020
Target End Date
Dec 2023

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Thai Union
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Francisco Leotte
Organization Name 
Key Traceability
Organization Type 
Consultant
Primary Contact 
Kat Collinson
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