COMPLETED Marshall Islands bigeye & yellowfin tuna - pelagic longline

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What is a Completed FIP?
Completed FIPs are those that have independent verification that they have achieved their environmental objectives and/or graduated to MSC full assessment or other program assessment. Completed FIPs no longer report on their environmental performance but may choose to voluntarily report on their social performance.

The Marshall Islands longline tuna FIP was launched in 2011. The Republic of the Marshall Islands' domestic pelagic longline fishery, which targets bigeye and yellowfin tunas and incidentally catches various additional market species, has about 38 active vessels participating in the fishery.  The fishery operates entirely within the Marshall Islands EEZ. The project, designed to meet all elements of a comprehensive FIP as defined by the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, has an overarching aim of addressing all deficiencies identified in an MSC pre-assessment so that the fishery will pass an assessment against the MSC fisheries standard. The fishery will enter MSC full assessment in late 2018.


FIP Description 

The Marshall Islands longline tuna FIP was launched in 2011.

FIP Objective(s) 

By January 2020, this FIP aims to improve fisheries management and practices to a point where the fishery is able to pass an assessment against the MSC fishery standard.

This FIP entered MSC full assessment in December 2018. See the fishery's MSC site for additional information.

FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
May 2011
January 2020
Common Name 
Bigeye Tuna
Scientific Name
Thunnus obesus
Common Name 
Yellowfin Tuna
Scientific Name
Thunnus albacares
Gear Type 
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 71 (Pacific, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Marshall Islands (the)
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
5,100 metric tons

FIP at a Glance

7% 32% 61%
May 01, 2011
21% 32% 43% 4%
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, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF
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Actions Complete

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  • Complete
  • Incomplete
Target End Date
Jan 2020
Additional Impacts:

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Co-Lead: Norpac Fisheries Export
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Tom Kraft
Organization Name 
Co-Lead: Luen Thai Fishing Venture
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Eric Gilman
Organization Name 
Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Berry Muller
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.