North Pacific blue shark and swordfish - longline

Primary tabs

Overview

The Kesennuma Distant-water Fishery Cooperative (KDFC) is one of a number of fisheries cooperatives in Japan, with most members residing in Kesennuma City, Miyagi prefecture. The fishery targets blue sharks and swordfish caught by offshore and distant-water longline fisheries (by the names of license issued) by KDFC members within Japan's EEZ and the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) convention area. 

FIP Description 

The Kesennuma Distant-water Fishery Cooperative (KDFC) is one of a number of fisheries cooperatives in Japan, with most members residing in Kesennuma City, Miyagi prefecture.

FIP Objective(s) 

The objectives of the fishery by 2025 are to:

  • Implement a harvest strategy and harvest control rule that is robust and responsive to target stock abundance for blue shark
  • Have a fishery that minimizes impacts on ETP species and demonstrates no shark finning is occurring within the UoA
  • Demonstrate that the fishery management decision-making process applies the precautionary approach
  • Achieve a level of performance consistent with an unconditional pass of the MSC Standard
FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 2: FIP Launch
Start and Projected End Dates
March 2021
March 2025
Next Progress Report Due 
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Species 
Common Name 
Blue Shark
Scientific Name
Prionace glauca
Common Name 
Swordfish
Scientific Name
Xiphias gladius
Gear Type 
Longline
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 61 (Pacific, Northwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Japan
Geographic Scope 
Entire EEZ
Country Flag of Vessel 
Japan
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
WCPFC
Landings
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
6,428 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
6,428 metric tons
Landings Date 
December 2017
PrintPDF

FIP at a Glance

7% 36% 57%
March 01, 2021
7% 36% 57%
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
Not yet available
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.
Oct 2021
Target End Date
Mar 2025

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Seafood Legacy
Organization Type 
Consultant
Primary Contact 
Aiko Yamauchi
Organization Name 
Iwate University
Organization Type 
Other
Primary Contact 
Professor Gaku Ishimura
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.
14956