Western and Central Pacific Ocean tuna – longline (Yaizu)

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Overview

Fukuichi Fishery Co., Ltd., a Japanese seafood processing company, conducted a MSC pre-assessment in 2018 for patner fisheries  which operate longline tuna in the Pacific Ocean, Pre-assessment report showed the fishery needs improvement on Principle 2, ecosystem impact, although Principle 1, target stock, and Principle 2, effective management, were conditional pass level. It was identified in the pre-assessment report that one of the weakness of the fishery was limited information/data about bycatch and bait. 

To address the issues and achieve and maintain MSC certification, Fukuichi Fishery launches a FIP which has 2 stages as below:

Stage 1 (Sep 2019 - Aug 2020): lanunch and implement FIP focusing on Principle 2 and partially on P1 and P3

Stage 2 (Sep 2020 - Mar 2022): conduct full-assessment and achive MSC certification

Scope of the fishery:

Target species: yellowfin, albacore and bigeye

Fishing method: pelagic long line

Definition: Japanese vessels with "pelagic long line tuna" license which operate in WCPO and land at Yaizu port

FIP Description 

Fukuichi Fishery Co., Ltd., a Japanese seafood processing company, conducted a MSC pre-assessment in 2018 for patner fisheries  which operate longline tuna in the Pacific Ocean, Pre-assessment report showed the fishery needs improvement on Princip

FIP Objective(s) 

- Enter MSC Full Assessment by August 2021

- Achieve MSC certification by March 2023

FIP Type 
Basic
FIP Stage 
Stage 2: FIP Launch
Start and Projected End Dates
November 2019
March 2023
Update 
In June 2020, when we conducted an update pre-assessment for Principle 2, we newly identified two major gaps - existence of some inaccuracy of logbook record and lack of information about bait species caught in China and Vietnam. To fulfill those gaps, we decided to conduct improvement work one more year before entering full-assessment.
Next Progress Report Due 
Thursday, December 31, 2020
Species 
Common Name 
Yellowfin Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus albacares
Additional Names 
Kihada
Common Name 
Albacore Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus alalunga
Additional Names 
Binnaga
Common Name 
Bigeye Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus obesus
Additional Names 
Mebachi
Gear Type 
Longline
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 71 (Pacific, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Papua New Guinea
Country Flag of Vessel 
Japan
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
WCPFC
High Seas Name 
Pacific Ocean
Landings
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
800 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
1,000 metric tons
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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
  • 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.
Dec 2020
Target End Date
Mar 2023

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Fukuichi Fishery Co., Ltd.
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Hiroshi Kondoh
Phone 
+81-54-622-1211
Organization Name 
Yaizu Fisheries Cooperative
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Yasuharu Aoki
Organization Name 
Japan Fisheries Certification Support
Organization Type 
Consultant
Primary Contact 
Makoto Suzuki
Phone 
+81-80-5186-0177
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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