Western and Central Pacific Ocean tropical tuna - purse seine (OPAGAC)

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This FIP encompasses all global tropical tuna stocks of three species: bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus), skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis) and yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) for a total of 13 Units of Certification. In the case of this specific sub-FIP for the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, we deal with three stocks of tunas - one each for skipjack,  bigeye tuna, and yellowfin tuna.

Because of the set-up of FisheryProgress, the overarching FIP was broken into four sub-FIPs according to the relevant RFMO (IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, and WCPFC). The reasoning behind this division is that each RFMO has different scores and actions for the various MSC principles, in particular for Principles 1 & 3. Had we grouped all RFMOs together, we would not have been able to present or track the various activities and timelines in a cohesive, clear and comprehensive manner.

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FIP Description 

This FIP encompasses all global tropical tuna stocks of three species: bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus), skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis) and yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) for a total of 13 Units of Certification.

FIP Objective(s) 

This FIP is working towards completing the following objectives by fall 2021:

  1. Achieve MSC certification for the OPAGAC industrial purse seine tuna fleet in three oceans and four RFMOs, within the next 5 years.
  2. Unify the industrial purse seine fishery into one MSC unit of certification instead of the misleading current division of free and associated schools.
  3. Bring together leading industry and environmental partners to work collaboratively towards sustainability of the fishery and ensure fair market access.
  4. Have RFMOs adopt Harvest Control Rules (HCR) for stocks of tropical tuna species, including support to the process of Management Strategy Evaluation based on the best science available.
  5. Adoption of robust ad-hoc rebuilding strategies, in line with MSC standards, for stocks not subject to HCR (where required).
  6. Influence the various RFMOs to adopt an ecosystem approach to fisheries management.
  7. Assist RFMOs in the adoption of best practices concerning the use of drift fish aggregating devices (dFADs), through provision of information in support of informed scientific advice. 
  8. Drive real changes in the fleet to minimize the impact of the fishery over non-target species and improve survivorship of sensitive species such as turtles, sharks, and any other sensitive bycatch.

Note: The Indicator Scores presented in this website are based on the MSC Performance Indicators (PI) for the species in the worst shape in the fisheries. The way FisheryProgress.org is currently set up does not allow for the entry of PI scores for more than one stock or species. In this case, two species have a yellow ranking (bigeye tuna and yellowfin tuna) but the two stocks of skipjack (Eastern and Western) are in green.

FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
October 2016
September 2021
Next Progress Report Due 
Friday, May 29, 2020
Common Name 
Bigeye Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus obesus
Common Name 
Skipjack Tuna
Scientific Name 
Katsuwonus pelamis
Common Name 
Yellowfin Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus albacares
Gear Type 
Purse Seine
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 71 (Pacific, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Cook Islands (the)
Country Flag of Vessel 
Country Flag of Vessel 
El Salvador
Country Flag of Vessel 
Country Flag of Vessel 
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
50,000 metric tons

FIP at a Glance

18% 82%
October 01, 2016
14% 32% 54%
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.
May 2020
Target End Date
Sep 2021
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Dr Julio Morón
+34 91 431 48 57
Organization Name 
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Raul Garcia Rodriguez
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