PROSPECTIVE South Pacific albacore & yellowfin 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 South Pacific albacore and yellowfin tuna longline FIP will aim to improve fishing practices for vessels operating in the Pacific Ocean that land albacore in Fiji and supply Bumble Bee Seafoods. Bumble Bee Seafoods sources albacore tuna from these vessels through the Taiwanese-founded company Fong Chun Fishery Company, Ltd., much of which is canned and exported to North American markets. While the fishery’s target stocks are healthy and management is well-documented and well-implemented, the fishery lacks independent observers, electronic monitoring, qualitative information about bycatch, and explicit harvest control rules and harvest strategies which are fundamental tools used to limit the risk of overfishing.

FIP Description 

The South Pacific albacore and yellowfin tuna longline FIP will aim to improve fishing practices for vessels operating in the Pacific Ocean that land albacore in Fiji and supply Bumble Bee Seafoods.

FIP Type 
Prospective
FIP Stage 
Stage 1: FIP Development
Species 
Common Name 
Albacore Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus alalunga
Common Name 
Yellowfin Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus albacares
Gear Type 
Longline
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 71 (Pacific, Western Central)
Area 77 (Pacific, Eastern Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Solomon Islands
Country 
Vanuatu
Country Flag of Vessel 
China
Country Flag of Vessel 
Taiwan
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
WCPFC
IATTC
High Seas Name 
Pacific 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