Vietnam yellowfin tuna - longline/handline

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Overview

The Vietnam yellowfin tuna fishery is meeting the rising global demand for tuna. With approximately 2,000 vessels fishing for yellowfin, and a 2014 total export value of nearly $370 million, it is the most important wild-capture export product in Vietnam. Yet, the fishery faces challenges, as there is a lack of a robust harvest strategy, inadequate data on marine ecosystem impacts, and insufficient management to reduce bycatch of species such as sharks and turtles. With the active involvement of FIP Stakeholders, including several national government agencies, and FIP Participants, the challenges facing this fishery are being addressed.

FIP Description 

The Vietnam yellowfin tuna fishery is meeting the rising global demand for tuna.

FIP Objective(s) 

To achieve MSC certification by 2020

FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
April 2014
April 2019
Next Progress Report Due 
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Species 
Common Name 
Yellowfin Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus albacares
Gear Type 
Handline
Longline
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 61 (Pacific, Northwest)
Area 71 (Pacific, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Viet Nam
Additional Attributes 
Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
WCPFC
Volume
FIP Volume 
17,859 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
17,859 metric tons
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FIP at a Glance

21% 32% 46%
April 01, 2014
32% 50% 18%
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
A Advanced Progress
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 2019
Target End Date
Apr 2019
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
WWF
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Thuy Nguyen
Organization Name 
WWF
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Keith Symington
Organization Name 
WWF
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Nick Przyuski
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