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