Western and Central Pacific Ocean tuna - longline (Hangton)

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The fishery being assessed is the Western and Central Pacific Ocean longline tuna fishery (Hangton). The fishery targets north and south Pacific albacore (Thunnus alalunga), western and central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) bigeye (T. obesus) and WCPO yellowfin (T. albacares) tuna. The longline vessels are flagged to China (with potentially Fijian and Taiwanese vessels joining) and fish on the high seas and within the Vanuatu and Solomon Islands EEZs and supply the factory in Suva, Fiji. The fishery is managed regionally by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

FIP Description 

FIP Objective(s) 

Sustainable Fish Stocks – To ensure tuna and other primary species catches across the Pacific Ocean do not exceed sustainable levels by 2025.

Minimising Environmental Impacts – To promote the ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management by 2025.

Effective Management – To strengthen governance systems in Flag States, RFMO and the fishery by 2025.

Be in a place to enter MSC full assessment in late 2025 that will acheive an unconditional pass to the Standard.

FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 2: FIP Launch
Start and Projected End Dates
October 2020
October 2025
Next Progress Report Due 
Friday, April 30, 2021
Common Name 
Albacore Tuna
Scientific Name
Thunnus alalunga
Common Name 
Bigeye Tuna
Scientific Name
Thunnus obesus
Common Name 
Yellowfin Tuna
Scientific Name
Thunnus albacares
Gear Type 
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 61 (Pacific, Northwest)
Area 71 (Pacific, Western Central)
Area 81 (Pacific, Southwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Solomon Islands
Country Flag of Vessel 
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
High Seas Name 
Pacific Ocean
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
14,163 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
252,458 metric tons
Landings Date 
November 2018

FIP at a Glance

7% 29% 64%
October 01, 2020
7% 29% 64%
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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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.
Apr 2021
Target End Date
Oct 2025

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Key Traceability
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Charles Horsnell
Organization Name 
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Jitendra Kumar Mohan
FIP Identification Number The FIP Identification Number is automatically generated by FisheryProgress when a FIP profile is created. While the number itself is not meaningful, they are used by NGOs, academia, and industry to refer to FIPs in a consistent way.