The Western and Central Pacific albacore and yellowfin tuna longline FIP aims to improve fishing practices for longline vessels operating in the Pacific Ocean that land albacore in Fiji and supply Bumble Bee Foods. Bumble Bee sources albacore tuna from these vessels through the Taiwanese-founded company FCFCompany, Ltd. (FCF), 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.
The Western and Central Pacific albacore and yellowfin tuna longline FIP aims to improve fishing practices for longline vessels operating in the Pacific Ocean that land albacore in Fiji and supply Bumble Bee Foods.
- There shall be robust and precautionary harvest strategies in place for South Pacific (SP) albacore, and Western and Central Pacific (WCP) yellowfin.
- A comprehensive range of information related to stock structure, stock productivity, fleet composition, and other data are available to support the harvest strategy; and all information required by the harvest control rule is monitored with high frequency and a high degree of certainty.
- Improved availability of accurate and comprehensive data on catches, especially bycatch, by strengthening information systems and training. Recording and reporting of discards.
- Strengthened Endangered, Threatened and Protected (ETP) and retained species management strategies; and ensure the fishery is not hindering the recovery of species.
- Evidence that the WCPFC's decision-making processes respond to serious and other important issues (including the declining catch rates of SP albacore, identified in relevant research, monitoring, evaluation and consultation) and that the issues are dealt with in a transparent, timely and adaptive manner and take account of the wider implications of decisions; and that the WCPFC has begun to address issues of non-compliance with management measures through the use of sanctions.
- To achieve a certifiable status by mid-2024.
FIP at a Glance