Indian Ocean swordfish - longline

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Overview

This is an improvements project for swordfish and large pelagics caught on the high seas and subject to conservation and management measures of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission.  The vessels in the FIP target swordfish and other billfishes.  By minimizing fishing impacts to all species interacting with the longline gear and sharing in the responsibility of fisheries management with good catch data and support for stronger regulations, the project's goals are billfish recovery and healthy shark, tuna and seabird populations in the Indian Ocean.

SYM-PAC International, Inc and Fong Hsiang are the hosts of this fishery improvement project (FIP) and Harvest Meats and Sprouts Farmer's Markets are FIP participants.  Science and secretariat are provided by the Sustainability Incubator.  The FIP participants include longline vessels Kha Yang 1, Kha Yang 3, Kha Yang 5, Kha Yang 7, Kha Yang 9, Kha Yang 35 and the Kha Yang 333, a refrigerated cargo vessel.

FIP Description 

This is an improvements project for swordfish and large pelagics caught on the high seas and subject to conservation and management measures of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission.  The vessels in the FIP target swordfish and other billfishes.  By mi

FIP Objective(s) 

The first objective in the FIP is to establish a database and collect the data needed to meet IOTC requirements for reporting on catches and interactions at the species level by 2021. This is also necessary to establish a basis for billfish recovery and multi-year improvements to meet the MSC standard. The second objective is minimize impacts on billfish and all species interacting with the longline gear, including sharks, seabirds, and turtles, through improvements in gear selectivity in the fishery by 2021. The third objective is to create and implement strategies targeting the IOTC and the Malaysian government that improve the governance, policy, and fishery management, per Principle 3 of the MSC standard, by 2021.

FIP Type 
Basic
FIP Stage 
Stage 3: FIP Implementation
Start and Projected End Dates
August 2018
December 2021
Next Progress Report Due 
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Species 
Common Name 
Swordfish
Scientific Name 
Xiphias gladius
Gear Type 
Longline
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 51 ( Indian Ocean, Western)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country Flag of Vessel 
Malaysia
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
IOTC
High Seas Name 
Indian Ocean
Volume
FIP Volume 
37 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
185 metric tons
Volume Date 
November 2018
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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
C Some Recent 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.
Aug 2019
Target End Date
Dec 2021

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
SYM-PAC International
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Jason Yabiku
Organization Name 
Fong Hsiang Enterprise Co Pte Ltd
Organization Type 
Industry
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