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).
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 at a Glance