PROSPECTIVE Indian Ocean albacore tuna - longline

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What is a Prospective FIP?
Prospective FIPs intend to meet the requirements for active FIPs within one year. These projects are posted on FisheryProgress to help users identify opportunities to support developing FIPs and prevent the start of duplicate FIPs. Prospective FIPs are not yet demonstrating progress toward sustainability.

The Indian Ocean albacore tuna longline FIP aims to improve fishing practices for longline vessels operating in the Indian Ocean that land albacore in and supply Bumble Bee Seafoods. Bumble Bee Seafoods sources albacore tuna from these vessels through the Taiwanese-founded company Fong Chun Fishery Company, Ltd. (FCF), who acts as a broker for the fishing vessels with Bumble Bee exporting the product to North American markets. While the target stock is healthy and management is well-documented and well-implemented, the fishery lacks explicit harvest control rules and harvest strategy, which are fundamental tools to limit the risk of overfishing. Additionally, the fishery lacks independent observers, electronic monitoring, and qualitative information about bycatch, making the fishery’s effects on the surrounding ecosystem difficult to assess.

FIP Description 

The Indian Ocean albacore tuna longline FIP aims to improve fishing practices for longline vessels operating in the Indian Ocean that land albacore in and supply Bumble Bee Seafoods.

FIP Type 
Prospective
FIP Stage 
Stage 1: FIP Development
Species 
Common Name 
Albacore Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus alalunga
Gear Type 
Longline
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 51 ( Indian Ocean, Western)
Area 57 (Indian Ocean, Eastern)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Madagascar
Country 
Mauritius
Country Flag of Vessel 
China
Country Flag of Vessel 
Taiwan
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
IOTC
IATTC
High Seas Name 
Indian Ocean
Volume
Volume Date 
December 2018
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Ocean Outcomes
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Daniel Suddaby
Organization Name 
Bumble Bee Foods, LLC
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Mike Kraft
Organization Name 
Fong Chun Fishery Company, Ltd.
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Fong Lee
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Expiration Date 
January 2020