Western and Central Pacific Ocean tuna - purse seine (Thai Union)

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Overview

This FIP is made up of a fleet of 33 tuna purse seine vessels, flagged either to USA, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Nauru or the Federated States of Micronesia. The vessels fish in the WCPO for the three tropical tuna species (with most of the catch being made up of skipjack). They deploy FADs, and fish on FADs and other floating objects, as well as setting on free schools.

FIP Description 

This FIP is made up of a fleet of 33 tuna purse seine vessels, flagged either to USA, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Nauru or the Federated States of Micronesia.

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.
  • To improve the availability of accurate data on catches, retained and especially bycatch by strengthening information systems and training.
  • To collaborate with other institutions working on tuna fisheries issues in the country, including working together to improve the management and policy towards sustainable fisheries for example Harvest Control Rules.
  • Strengthen ETP and retained species management strategies.
  • To promote traceability to ensure that the origins and status of Tuna products purchased are well-known and all coming from legal fisheries by engaging the supply chains that support improvement through the implementation of e-monitoring.
  • Improve governance and decision making process.
  • Achieve MSC certification and the objectives above by 2024.
FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 3: FIP Implementation
Start and Projected End Dates
August 2019
August 2024
Next Progress Report Due 
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Species 
Common Name 
Bigeye Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus obesus
Common Name 
Skipjack Tuna
Scientific Name 
Katsuwonus pelamis
Common Name 
Yellowfin Tuna
Scientific Name 
Thunnus albacares
Gear Type 
Purse Seine
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 71 (Pacific, Western Central)
Area 77 (Pacific, Eastern Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Nauru
Country 
Micronesia (Federated States of)
Country 
Kiribati
Country 
Marshall Islands (the)
Country 
Palau
Country 
Papua New Guinea
Country 
Solomon Islands
Country 
Tuvalu
Country Flag of Vessel 
Korea (the Republic of)
Country Flag of Vessel 
Nauru
Country Flag of Vessel 
Micronesia (Federated States of)
Country Flag of Vessel 
United States of America (the)
Country Flag of Vessel 
Taiwan
Country Flag of Vessel 
Papua New Guinea
Country Flag of Vessel 
Kiribati
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
WCPFC
Landings
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
100,000 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
450,000 metric tons
Landings Date 
July 2019
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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
C Some Recent Progress
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.
Mar 2021
Target End Date
Aug 2024

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Key Traceability Ltd.
Organization Type 
Consultant
Primary Contact 
Tom Evans
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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