Western and Central Pacific albacore and yellowfin tuna - longline

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Overview

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 FCF Fishery Company, 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.

FIP Description 

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.

FIP Objective(s) 
  • 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 Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 2: FIP Launch
Start and Projected End Dates
June 2019
June 2024
Next Progress Report Due 
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
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 81 (Pacific, Southwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Solomon Islands
Geographic Scope 
The entire EEZ
Country 
Vanuatu
Geographic Scope 
The entire EEZ
Country Flag of Vessel 
China
Country Flag of Vessel 
Taiwan
Country Flag of Vessel 
Fiji
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
WCPFC
IATTC
High Seas Name 
Pacific Ocean
Volume
FIP Volume 
15,000 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
746,000 metric tons
Volume Date 
May 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.
Dec 2019
Target End Date
Jun 2024
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Ocean Outcomes
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Daniel Suddaby
Organization Name 
FCF Fishery Co. Ltd. Industry
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Fong Lee
Organization Name 
Bumble Bee Foods, LLC
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Mike Kraft
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