Pacific Ocean tropical tuna - purse seine (US Pacific Tuna Group)

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The US Pacific Tuna Group FIP covers the Eastern Tropical Pacific and Western Tropical Pacific tuna stocks for the three major species: skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis), yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) and bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus) for a total of 6 Units of Certification. Gear type is Purse Seine and fishing method includes both FAD associated and unassociated sets.

The US Pacific Tuna Group consist of seven fishing vessel management companies and 13 large-scale tuna purse seine vessels (IATTC Class 6 – over 400 ton carrying capacity) and is partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) according to a signed MOU.

FIP Description 

FIP Objective(s) 

Achieve MSC certification for the US Pacific Tuna Group purse seine tuna fleet within the next 5 years

FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 2: FIP Launch
Start and Projected End Dates
December 2019
December 2024
Next Progress Report Due 
Friday, June 5, 2020
Common Name 
Skipjack Tuna
Scientific Name 
Katsuwonus pelamis
Common Name 
Yellowfin Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus albacares
Common Name 
Bigeye Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus obesus
Gear Type 
Purse Seine
Purse Seine-Unassociated
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 71 (Pacific, Western Central)
Area 77 (Pacific, Eastern Central)
Area 87 (Pacific, Southeast)
Exclusive Economic Zones
United States of America (the)
Geographic Scope 
High Seas, US EEZ and Pacific Island Country EEZs
Country Flag of Vessel 
United States of America (the)
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
80,000 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
2,478,901 metric tons
Landings Date 
December 2018

FIP at a Glance

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December 01, 2019
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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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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.
Jun 2020
Target End Date
Dec 2024

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
US Pacific Tuna Group
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
William M Sardinha
+1 619 236 1191
Organization Name 
World Wildlife Fund - US
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Maria Prebble
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