Grenada yellowfin and bigeye tuna - longline, troll, & dropline

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This FIP covers the Atlantic Ocean stocks of bigeye (Thunnus obesus) and yellowfin (T. albacares) tunas caught in the Grenada Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) by vessels supplying the Southern Fishermen Association (SFA) and using pelagic longline, troll and dropline fishing gear. With the majority of the Grenada EEZ in deep oceanic water, large pelagics such as tuna dominate fisheries landings. For the purpose of this FIP, two key fisheries are considered to make up the Grenada tuna fleet: a pelagic longline and troll fishery that targets free schools of tuna and a troll and dropline fishery that targets large pelagics around anchored Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs). The longline fleet consists of about 200 vessels, the majority of which make single-day trips, while approximately 120 fishers are active in the FAD fishery. The fishery falls under the jurisdiction of the Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (RFMO) ICCAT. Within the EEZ, the development and management of marine resources fall under the jurisdiction of the Grenada Fisheries Division, a division of the Ministry of Climate Resilience, the Environment, Forestry, Fisheries, Disaster Management and Information.

FIP Description 

This FIP covers the Atlantic Ocean stocks of bigeye (Thunnus obesus) and yellowfin (T.

FIP Objective(s) 

This FIP aims to support gradual improvements to Grenada’s management systems and fishing practices to a point where the Grenada EEZ pelagic longline, troll and dropline Atlantic Ocean yellowfin and bigeye fishery will achieve a level of sustainability consistent with conformity against the MSC fisheries standard by end 2023. The FIP will achieve this aim through the following objectives:

- Support development of robust harvest strategies for Atlantic Ocean yellowfin and bigeye through ongoing engagement with the Grenada government and the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).

- Support the Grenada government in its development of a robust domestic fisheries management system, including through involvement in Sub-regional and ICCAT Fisheries Management Systems.

- Establish and manage a system for independent fisheries data collection on all target species and bycatch.

- Guide precautionary ecosystem-based management responses through comprehensive ecological risk assessments of non-target species.

- Identify changes in fishing methods and gear to address the fishery’s environmental challenges including on billfish bycatch and bait use.

- Ensure robust supply chain traceability.

FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 3: FIP Implementation
Start and Projected End Dates
November 2020
December 2023
Next Progress Report Due 
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Common Name 
Yellowfin Tuna
Scientific Name
Thunnus albacares
Common Name 
Bigeye Tuna
Scientific Name
Thunnus obesus
Gear Type 
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 31 (Atlantic, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Geographic Scope 
Entire Grenada EEZ
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
4,901 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
4,901 metric tons
Landings Date 
December 2014

FIP at a Glance

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November 01, 2020
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Progress Rating

A - Advanced Progress
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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.

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C Some Recent Progress
Actions Complete

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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 2021
Target End Date
Dec 2023

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
One Skip Development
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Keith Flett
Organization Name 
Seven Seas Fisheries Consulting Ltd.
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Chrissie Sieben
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