Japan Tomamae giant Pacific octopus - barrel flowing

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In Tomamae-cho, Hokkaido, about 10% of the population of 3,200 are employed in the fishing industry (2010 census). As with the trends for Japan as a whole, the fishing industry in Tomamae is in decline, experiencing a reduction in catches, an aging of the workforce, and a lack of new interest in the industry. The Tomamae Giant Pacific Octopus FIP aims to revitalize the region’s fisheries by improving the sustainability of fishing practices through the establishment of a science-based management plan for the octopus fishery, which is managed by the Kita-Rumoi Fisheries Cooperative. In addition to the environmental work, the group of barrel drift fishermen involved in the FIP want to use the project as a vehicle to generate further interest and investment in the region’s fisheries.


FIP Description 

In Tomamae-cho, Hokkaido, about 10% of the population of 3,200 are employed in the fishing industry (2010 census).

FIP Objective(s) 

The objectives to be achieved by March 2023 are:

  • To have a harvest strategy that is robust and responsive to target stock abundance.
  • To have adequate information to support the harvest strategy and the assessment of the stock.
  • To have robust stock assessments that clearly show stock status.
  • To have information on fishery impacts on key ecosystem elements.
  • To have precautionary long-term objectives and fishery specific objectives that are consistent with principles 1 and 2 of the MSC standard.
  • To have appropriate decision-making processes in place.
FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Start and Projected End Dates
April 2019
March 2023
Next Progress Report Due 
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Common Name 
Giant Pacific Octopus
Scientific Name
Enteroctopus dofleini
Gear Type 
Barrel Flowing
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 61 (Pacific, Northwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Geographic Scope 
Hokkaido prefecture, Japan Sea coast
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
51 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
67 metric tons
Landings Date 
April 2019

FIP at a Glance

21% 79%
April 01, 2019
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

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  • 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.
Oct 2021
Target End Date
Mar 2023

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
UMITO Partners Inc.
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Shunji Murakami
FIP Identification Number The FIP Identification Number is automatically generated by FisheryProgress when a FIP profile is created. While the number itself is not meaningful, they are used by NGOs, academia, and industry to refer to FIPs in a consistent way.