Pacific tuna - longline (Liancheng)

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Overview

The fishery being assessed is comprised of pelagic longline vessels that target albacore tuna with incidental catch of bigeye and yellowfin tunas, fishing on the high seas of the Pacific Ocean. The agent vessels are managed by the Liancheng Overseas Fishery (Shenzhen) Company, and are flagged to China, Taiwan, the Federated States of Micronesia and Fiji. From time to time and where permitted, the vessels may fish in national EEZs including Cook Islands, FSM, Fiji, and Vanuatu. It is assumed in this pre-assessment that management within these EEZs is at least equal to the high seas.

FIP Description 

The fishery being assessed is comprised of pelagic longline vessels that target albacore tuna with incidental catch of bigeye and yellowfin tunas, fishing on the high seas of the Pacific Ocean.

FIP Objective(s) 
  • Achieve sustainable stock status’ for albacore, bigeye and yellowfin that is consistent with the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) and management systems strengthened to achieve this.
  • To improve the availability of accurate data on catches, retained and especially bycatch by strengthening information systems and training.
  • To collaborate with other institutions working on tuna fisheries issues in the country, including working together to improve the management and policy towards sustainable fisheries for example Harvest Control Rules.
  • Strengthen ETP and retained species management strategies.
  • To promote traceability to ensure that the origins and status of Tuna products purchased are well-known and all coming from legal fisheries by engaging the supply chains that support improvement through the implementation of e-monitoring.
  • Improve governance and decision making process.
  • To achieve MSC Certification and the above objectives by 2024.
FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 2: FIP Launch
Start and Projected End Dates
September 2019
September 2024
Next Progress Report Due 
Monday, March 30, 2020
Species 
Common Name 
Albacore Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus alalunga
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 61 (Pacific, Northwest)
Area 67 (Pacific, Northeast)
Area 71 (Pacific, Western Central)
Area 77 (Pacific, Eastern Central)
Area 81 (Pacific, Southwest)
Area 87 (Pacific, Southeast)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Fiji
Geographic Scope 
Entire EEZ
Country 
Micronesia (Federated States of)
Geographic Scope 
Entire EEZ
Country 
Vanuatu
Geographic Scope 
Entire EEZ
Country 
Cook Islands (the)
Geographic Scope 
Entire EEZ
Country Flag of Vessel 
China
Country Flag of Vessel 
Taiwan
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
IATTC
WCPFC
High Seas Name 
Pacific Ocean
Volume
FIP Volume 
94,140 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
613,516 metric tons
Volume Date 
August 2019
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FIP at a Glance

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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 FisheryProgress.org, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF
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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.
Mar 2020
Target End Date
Sep 2024

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Key Traceability Ltd.
Organization Type 
Consultant
Primary Contact 
Tom Evans
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