Japan albacore tuna - longline

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Overview

The Nachi Katsuura albacore tuna longline FIP is based out of Nachikatsuura, a town in the Wakayama prefecture of Japan, whose economy is strongly dependent on tuna fisheries. Declines in global tuna stocks have threatened community livelihoods, and thus the local tuna industry is interested in improving fishery sustainability and maintaining their reputation as the top nearshore fresh tuna landing port in Japan. Industry stakeholders agreed to initiate a FIP to improve sustainability performance.

FIP Description 

The Nachi Katsuura albacore tuna longline FIP is based out of Nachikatsuura, a town in the Wakayama prefecture of Japan, whose economy is strongly dependent on tuna fisheries.

FIP Objective(s) 

Objectives to be achieved by September 2022 are:

  • To have a TRP and other elements of harvest strategies, selected based on MSE, in place for North Albacore stocks managed by the WCPFC.
  • To have a fishery that is not hindering recovery of depleted main, primary species.
  • To have a fishery that minimizes impacts on ETP species and habitats.
  • To have fishery management objectives aligned with WCPFC and MSC principles 1 and 2; and with precautionary decision-making processes in place.
  • To achieve a level of performance consistent with an unconditional pass of the MSC Standard.
FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
October 2017
September 2022
Next Progress Report Due 
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Species 
Common Name 
Albacore Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus alalunga
Gear Type 
Longline
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 61 (Pacific, Northwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Japan
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Volume
FIP Volume 
200 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
23,948 metric tons
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FIP at a Glance

21% 79%
October 01, 2017
4% 32% 64%
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
A Advanced 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.
Apr 2019
Target End Date
Sep 2022
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Ocean Outcomes
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Shunji Murakami - Japan Program Director
Phone 
(+) 819059275901
Organization Name 
Kaiou Maru
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Mr. Nishida
Organization Name 
Yamasa Wakiguchi Co., Ltd,
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Mr. Koutarou Wakiguchi
Phone 
0735-52-2991
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