Hawaii tuna and large pelagics - longline

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Overview

The project supports efforts by the Hawaii Seafood Council and Hawaii longline fleet to improve the fishery for Hawaii pelagic seafood products.  An MSC pre-assessment of this fishery was completed in 2009, updated in 2013, redone in 2014 with peer review from WCPFC and WPRFMC scientists, and updated in 2016.

Current status:  The status of bigeye tuna in the Western and Central Pacific is improving with a catch rate (fishing mortality rate F) equal or lesser to the rate at maximum sustained yield (Fmsy) (August 2017).  An alternative spatial / regional structure is recommended, based on recent analysis of tagging data from across the Pacific. See: https://www.wcpfc.int/system/files/SS2-Agenda%202.1_TT%20CMM%20meeting%2...

The fishery is close to meeting the MSC standard and actions are focused on meeting at least a score of 80 on all MSC indicators, including the indicator for the status of bigeye tuna, which is experiencing overfishing at the stock level (MSC indicator 1.1.1). 

The Hawaii Seafood Council represents diverse fisheries stakeholders and the Hawaii Longline Association represents the fleet.

In 2016 and 2017, the Hawaii Seafood Council and Hawaii Longline Association are focusing on improving conditions for crew welfare, specifically acting to ensure all terms of work for crew are clear and consistent with a workplace code of conduct that meets U.S. and international best practice and may be verified independently.

FIP Description 

The project supports efforts by the Hawaii Seafood Council and Hawaii longline fleet to improve the fishery for Hawaii pelagic seafood products.  An MSC pre-assessment of this fishery was completed in 2009, updated in 2013, redone in 2014 with pee

FIP Objective(s) 

1. Contribute to better management for bigeye tuna, including spatially deaggregated management for bigeye tuna in 2014-2017.

2. Crew welfare: clear and consistent working conditions which can be verified independently, 2016-2018.

FIP Type 
Basic
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
March 2009
December 2018
Next Progress Report Due 
Monday, December 31, 2018
Species 
Common Name 
Bigeye Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus obesus
Additional Names 
Ahi (Hawaii)
Common Name 
Yellowfin Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus albacares
Additional Names 
Ahi (Hawaii)
Common Name 
Mahi-mahi
Scientific Name 
Coryphaena hippurus
Additional Names 
Mahimahi (Hawaii)
Common Name 
Albacore Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus alalunga
Additional Names 
Tombo (Hawaii, Japan)
Common Name 
Skipjack Tuna
Scientific Name 
Katsuwonus pelamis
Additional Names 
Aku (Hawaii), Katsuo (Japan)
Common Name 
Blue Marlin
Scientific Name 
Makaira nigricans
Additional Names 
A'u (Hawaii), Kajiki (Hawaii)
Common Name 
Striped Marlin
Scientific Name 
Tetrapturus audax
Additional Names 
Nairagi (Hawaii), A'u (Hawaii)
Common Name 
Opah
Scientific Name 
Lampris regius
Additional Names 
Moonfish
Common Name 
Swordfish
Scientific Name 
Xiphias gladius
Additional Names 
Shutome (Hawaii), A'u (Hawaii)
Common Name 
Sickle Pomfret
Scientific Name 
Taractichthys steindachneri
Additional Names 
Monchong (Hawaii, Japan)
Gear Type 
Longline
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 71 (Pacific, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
United States of America (the)
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Volume
FIP Volume 
9,843 metric tons
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FIP at a Glance

4% 96%
March 01, 2009
30% 59% 11%
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
B Good 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.
Dec 2018
Target End Date
Dec 2018
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Hawaii Seafood Council
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Dr. John Kaneko
Organization Name 
Sustainability Incubator
Organization Type 
Consultant
Primary Contact 
Katrina Nakamura
Organization Name 
Hawaii Longline Association
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Jim Cook
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