Western and Central Pacific Ocean tuna - purse seine (Kiribati Fish Limited)

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Overview

The FIP is the Kiribati purse seine tuna fishery (Kiribati Fish Ltd operated vessels). The fishery targets skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis), yellowfin (Thunnus albacares) and bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus) through free-school and FAD-associated purse seine sets. The fleet of ten purse seine vessels are flagged to China and operate mainly in the Kiribati EEZ, other PNA countries’ EEZs and potentially the high seas. The fishery is managed regionally by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

The Units of Assessment (UoAs) are:

  • Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) stocks of skipjack, bigeye and yellowfin, caught by purse seine on FAD associated sets and managed by relevant national management (Kiribati) and regionally by WCPFC (three UoAs);
  • Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) stocks of skipjack, bigeye and yellowfin, caught by purse seine on non-associated sets (free-school) and managed by relevant national (Kiribati) management and regionally by WCPFC (three UoAs).
FIP Description 

The FIP is the Kiribati purse seine tuna fishery (Kiribati Fish Ltd operated vessels).

FIP Objective(s) 
  • Achieve sustainable stock status’ for tuna that is consistent with the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) and management systems strengthened to achieve this.
  • Strengthen ETP and retained species management strategies.
  • Improve governance and decision making process.
  • Achieve MSC certification and the objectives above by 2025.
FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 2: FIP Launch
Start and Projected End Dates
March 2020
March 2025
Next Progress Report Due 
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Species 
Common Name 
Skipjack Tuna
Scientific Name 
Katsuwonus pelamis
Common Name 
Bigeye Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus obesus
Common Name 
Yellowfin Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus albacares
Gear Type 
Purse Seine
Purse Seine-Unassociated
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 71 (Pacific, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Kiribati
Geographic Scope 
PNA
Country Flag of Vessel 
China
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
WCPFC
High Seas Name 
Pacific Ocean
Landings
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
55,000 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
450,000 metric tons
Landings Date 
February 2020
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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
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  • 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.
Feb 2021
Target End Date
Mar 2025
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Key Traceability Ltd.
Organization Type 
Consultant
Primary Contact 
Tom Evans
Organization Name 
Kiribati Fish Limited
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Xue Jun Du
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.
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