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

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Reason for Inactivity
  • At FIP's request


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 (by the end of 2024)

FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Start and Projected End Dates
December 2019
December 2024
Next Progress Report Due 
Thursday, June 30, 2022
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 (Jarvis, Baker Island, American Samoa)
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 Leads

Organization Name 
US Pacific Tuna Group
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
William M Sardinha
+1 619 236 1191
Organization Name 
US Pacific Tuna Group
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Cary Gann
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