PROSPECTIVE Malaysia Semporna yellowfin tuna - handline

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What is a Prospective FIP?
Prospective FIPs intend to meet the requirements for active FIPs within one year. These projects are posted on FisheryProgress to help users identify opportunities to support developing FIPs and prevent the start of duplicate FIPs. Prospective FIPs are not yet demonstrating progress toward sustainability.

Sabah state is a major producer for yellowfin tuna in Malaysia, followed by Penang state. There are several districts in Sabah recording yellowfin tuna landings, including Mabul Island, Semporna. Mabul Island is one of the main producers for yellowfin tuna and holds 45 % of yellowfin tuna production in Sabah state. Mabul Island's tuna fishery started in the 1980s and the fishermen are the villagers living on the island. Tuna fishermen from Mabul Island only use handlines to catch yellowfin tuna. The main issues for this fishery are the poor handling of the catch during post-harvest, inadequate data on marine ecosystem impacts, and insufficient management of certain ecosystem components — all of which will be addressed by this FIP. This project also aims to increase social and economic opportunities for the tuna fishing community and to make improvements to the supply chain in the area. 

FIP Description 

Sabah state is a major producer for yellowfin tuna in Malaysia, followed by Penang state. There are several districts in Sabah recording yellowfin tuna landings, including Mabul Island, Semporna.

FIP Type 
Prospective
FIP Stage 
Stage 1: FIP Development
Species 
Common Name 
Yellowfin Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus albacares
Gear Type 
Handline
Location
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Malaysia
Geographic Scope 
Semporna, Sabah
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
WWF-Malaysia
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Raymie Bin Nurhasan
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Expiration Date 
February 2020