Marshall Islands bigeye & yellowfin tuna - pelagic longline

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Overview

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.

FIP Description 

The Marshall Islands longline tuna FIP was launched in 2011.

FIP Objective(s) 

By January 2021, 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.

 

FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
May 2011
January 2021
Next Progress Report Due 
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Species 
Common Name 
Bigeye Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus obesus
Common Name 
Yellowfin Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus albacares
Gear Type 
Longline
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 71 (Pacific, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Marshall Islands (the)
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
WCPFC
Volume
FIP Volume 
5,100 metric tons
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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 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.
Dec 2018
Target End Date
Jan 2021
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Co-Lead: Norpac Fisheries Export
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Tom Kraft
Organization Name 
Co-Lead: Luen Thai Fishing Venture
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
E Gilman
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