The Indian Ocean Albacore Tuna Longline FIP aims to improve fishing practices for longline vessels operating in the Indian Ocean that land albacore in Mauritius and supply Bumble Bee Foods. Bumble Bee sources albacore tuna from these vessels through the Taiwanese-founded company FCF Fishery Company, Ltd. (FCF), much of which is canned and exported to North American markets. While the fishery’s target stocks are healthy and management is well-document and well-implemented, the fishery lacks independent observers, electronic monitoring, qualitative information about bycatch, and explicit harvest control rules and harvest strategies which are fundamental tools used to limit the risk of overfishing.
The Indian Ocean Albacore Tuna Longline FIP aims to improve fishing practices for longline vessels operating in the Indian Ocean that land albacore in Mauritius and supply Bumble Bee Foods.
- There shall be robust and precautionary harvest strategies in place for Indian Ocean (IO) albacore
- A comprehensive range of information related to stock structure, stock productivity, fleet composition and other data are available to support the harvest strategy; and all information required by the harvest control rule is monitored with high frequency and a high degree of certainty.
Improved availability of accurate and comprehensive data on catches, especially bycatch, by strengthening information systems and training. Recording and reporting of discards
Strengthened Endangered, Threatened and Protected and retained species management strategies; and ensure the fishery is not hindering the recovery of species
Evidence that the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission, Chinese Taipei and China: decision-making processes responds to serious and other important issues, including ceasing the overfishing of IO albacore and yellowfin tunas, in a transparent, timely and adaptive manner and take account of the wider implications of decisions; and have begun to address issues of non-compliance with management measures through the use of sanctions.
The China and Chinese Taipei management systems have clear and transparent processes to regularly seek and accept “relevant information” provided via consultative processes and that any such information is considered in management decision-making at national and regional levels.
To achieve a certifiable status by the end of 2024.
FIP at a Glance