Purse Seine

Overview

This FIP is made up of a fleet of 40-45 tuna purse seine vessels, flagged either to Taiwan or to a range of Pacific Island states. 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.

This FIP is made up of a fleet of 40-45 tuna purse seine vessels, flagged either to Taiwan or to a range of Pacific Island states. 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 at a Glance

4% 29% 68%
August 01, 2019
4% 29% 68%
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
Not yet available
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 2020
Target End Date
Aug 2024

FIP Leads

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

What is a Prospective FIP?
Prospective FIPs intend to meet the requirements for active FIPs within one year. These projects are posted on FisheryProgress to help users identify opportunities to support developing FIPs and prevent the start of duplicate FIPs. Prospective FIPs are not yet demonstrating progress toward sustainability.

The fishing fleet consists of six industrial purse seine fishing vessels operating in the Central Western Pacific Ocean varying in length from around 50m to 90m that are all company (CFC) owned. These vessels target Skipjack and yellowfin tuna. The RFMO is the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC). Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) is a sub-regional agreement on terms and conditions for tuna purse seine fishing licenses in the region. The PNA provides the basis to establish a limit on vessel days known as the VDS. The allocation is zonal with days allocated to each country in the Arrangement. The CFC fleet fish both in the EEZs (exclusive economic zones) of coastal states as well as the high seas. Some of the coastal states include Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Tokelau. The catches in each country vary significantly between years for any specific month depending on the migration patterns of the tuna. The majority of the fishing occurs by setting the purse seine around schools aggregating near naturally drifting or purpose-built Fish Aggregating Devices know as FADs. Although the CFC boats catch tuna from both free and associated schools during fishing trips, the majority of vessels use FADs. Searching for the FADs and fish schools and assessing their size and direction of movement is an important part of their fishing operation. The tuna are generally sold and transhipped onto carrier vessels for processing in Bangkok, in ports such as Pohnpei, FSM. The FIP will focus on the use of non-entangling FADs and implementation of bycatch mitigation and handling best practices; as well as moving towards using biodegradable material for the FAD design and construction and recovery/coastal awareness programs.

 

The fishing fleet consists of six industrial purse seine fishing vessels operating in the Central Western Pacific Ocean varying in length from around 50m to 90m that are all company (CFC) owned.

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Caroline Fisheries Corporation
Organization Type 
Consultant
Primary Contact 
Mark Soboil
Email 
Phone 
+1 (253) 6709948
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Overview

The Thailand longtail tuna purse-seine FIP targeting free-swimming fish schools of Longtail tuna (Thunnus tonggol) in the Gulf of Thailand aims to meet sustainability criteria for MSC certification and assist the fisheries to better meet international market requirements.

An initial pre-assessment was completed for longtail tuna caught by purse seiners, operating on both the east (Gulf of Thailand) and west (Andaman Sea) coasts of Thailand in May of 2012 (Banks, 2012). This FIP was part of a wider project seeking to improve management of this species and also address labor and social issues in the fishing industry. The FIP was originally initiated with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) in 2013, but activities associated with this SIDA funded FIP were suspended in 2015

A new pre-assessment and associated action plan for longtail tuna was completed in November 2016 (Seilert, 2016) for two Units of Assessment (UoAs); longtail tuna stock in the Gulf of Thailand (GoT) and longtail tuna stock in the Andaman Sea caught by neritic tuna purse seiners (TUNA-PS). Coastal purse seining on tuna in Thailand is divided into 4 types of purse seine fisheries; purse seine fishery utilizing fish aggregating devices (FAD), light luring purse seine fishing (LPS), the Thai purse seine (TPS) and neritic tuna purse seine (TUNA-PS). On average less than 5% of all purse seine catch is comprised of Longtail tuna wilt GoT and Andaman Sea fisheries accounting for ~75% and 25% respectively. Neritic tuna purse seiners (TUNA-PS) are the largest purse seine vessels in Thailand (usually over 100 GT) and account for ~92% of all longtail tuna catches in the GoT only around 20% of all longtail tuna catches in the Andaman Sea (MFRDB 2013).

The results of this new pre-assessment were presented to key Thai stakeholders from industry, government and research agencies in February and April of 2017. Based on previous research using mitochondrial DNA analysis to confirm these are separate stocks (Willette, Santos and Leadbitter, 2016), the allocation of effort by Thai registered fishing vessels and the fleet and fishery characteristics the decision was made to initiate a FIP on the GoT stock only.

This GoT longtail tuna FIP is being facilitated by WWF Thailand, involving partners from the Thailand Department of Fisheries (DoF), the Thai Tuna Industry Association (TTIA) and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC). These four organization signed a Joint Declaration of Intent on May 29th, 2018 declaring their support for finalizing the Longtail Tuna FIP Action Plan and committing their respective organizations to implement activities for which they agree to take responsibility as part of the multi-stakeholder consultation process.

A FIP Steering Committee will be established under an agreement, with foundation members being DoF, TTIA, SEAFDEC and WWF. The FIP Steering Committee will serve as a vehicle for key decision-making and cross-sectoral collaboration to achieve FIP sustainability objectives. From time to time, as needed, ad-hoc members will join this committee to provide expert input and assist with specific issues and concerns.

This longtail tuna FIP aims to increase knowledge about and application of international sustainability standards as well as to improve cross-sector collaboration and enhance fishery traceability. This FIP will also advance the implementation of both national and regional conservation and management of Longtail tuna, acknowledging catches of Tonggol occurs in EEZs of other countries (i.e. Malaysia, Indonesia) often through joint ventures or fishing agreements.

The Thailand longtail tuna purse-seine FIP targeting free-swimming fish schools of Longtail tuna (Thunnus tonggol) in the Gulf of Thailand aims to meet sustainability criteria for MSC certification and assist the fisheries to better meet international market requirements.

FIP at a Glance

54% 7% 39%
April 01, 2019
54% 7% 39%
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
Not yet available
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.
Apr 2020
Target End Date
Dec 2024

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Independent consultant
Organization Type 
Consultant
Primary Contact 
Ms Pakawan Talawat
Organization Name 
WWF
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Geoffrey Muldoon
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Overview

Reason for Inactivity 
FIP request

The Moroccan Anchovy Purse Seine Fishery fishes European anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus) by purse seine in FAO area 34.

Other caught species include:

  • Sardinella (Sardinella spp.)
  • Horse mackerel (Trachurus spp.)
  • Anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus)
  • Mackerel (Scomber spp.)

Perfil de FIP en Español

The Moroccan Anchovy Purse Seine Fishery fishes European anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus) by purse seine in FAO area 34.

Other caught species include:

  • Sardinella (Sardinella spp.)
  • Horse mackerel (Trachurus spp.)
  • Anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus)
  • Mackerel (Scomber spp.)

Perfil de FIP en Español

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Key Traceability
Organization Type 
Consultant
Primary Contact 
Tom Evans
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Overview

The Mauritanian Small Pelagic FIP was initiated by a partnership between the Mauritanian fishery authority, the Mauritanian oceanographic and fisheries research institute, local businesses, and international fishmeal and oil buyers. The fishery consists of artisanal and coastal purse seine and pelagic trawl vessels targeting round sardinella (Sardinella aurita), flat sardinella (Sardinella maderensis), a shared regional stock, and obo (Ethmalosa fimbriata) in Mauritanian waters zones 1, 2 and 3 in the Atlantic Ocean. The FIP aims to bring transparency and ensure sustainability of the resource. The IFFO-RS Standard was chosen as the benchmark for the assessment and work plan. The FIP aims to improve performance against these criteria, as Fishery Progress reports using MSC certification an analyses of IFFO RS versus MSC was carried out to translate the IFFO standard to MSC PIs.

 

This FIP has recently progressed to IFFO RS V2 and has created a new profile to reflect this new benchmarking and actions.

The Mauritanian Small Pelagic FIP was initiated by a partnership between the Mauritanian fishery authority, the Mauritanian oceanographic and fisheries research institute, local businesses, and international fishmeal and oil buyers. The fishery consists of artisanal and coastal purse seine and pelagic trawl vessels targeting round sardinella (Sardinella aurita), flat sardinella (Sardinella maderensis), a shared regional stock, and obo (Ethmalosa fimbriata) in Mauritanian waters zones 1, 2 and 3 in the Atlantic Ocean.

FIP at a Glance

57% 18% 25%
August 01, 2017
57% 18% 25%
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.
Feb 2020
Target End Date
Jan 2023

FIP Leads

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

What is a Prospective FIP?
Prospective FIPs intend to meet the requirements for active FIPs within one year. These projects are posted on FisheryProgress to help users identify opportunities to support developing FIPs and prevent the start of duplicate FIPs. Prospective FIPs are not yet demonstrating progress toward sustainability.

The end goal of this FIP is for the Vietnam skipjack tuna purse seine fishery to gain MSC-certification. The FIP hopes to achieve actions such as reducing bycatch, have the fishery become FAD-free or use eco-FADs, increasing observer coverage, and strengthening fishers awareness of sustainability. The FIP is being coordinated by VINATUNA and will be implemented through a Public Private Partnership.

The end goal of this FIP is for the Vietnam skipjack tuna purse seine fishery to gain MSC-certification. The FIP hopes to achieve actions such as reducing bycatch, have the fishery become FAD-free or use eco-FADs, increasing observer coverage, and strengthening fishers awareness of sustainability. The FIP is being coordinated by VINATUNA and will be implemented through a Public Private Partnership.

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Vietnam Tuna Association
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Mr. HAO Tran
Phone 
(+84) 915839250
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Expiration Date 
February 2020

Overview

Indonesia's Purse Seine tuna fishery is one of the country's most economically important fisheries. In order to address supply chain demand for sustainably sourced tuna, PT Pahala Bahari Nusantara have decided to engage in a comprehensive Fisheries Improvement Program together with WWF-Indonesia's Seafood Savers. This FIP encompassess two species, yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) and skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis), caught by purse seine vessels. The unit of assessment are vessels operating from the Southeast Sulawesi harbour of Kendari, and fishing in the FMAs 713, 714 and 715. There are about 90 active vessels in the fishery, and all are using anchored FADs.

As a multi stakeholder effort, this FIP is managed by Pahala Bahari Nusantara together with WWF Indonesia Seafood Savers, WWF Italy, and Tri Marine, with support from national and provincial governments, academia, Kendari vessel owners and captains, and other related stakeholders.

Indonesia's Purse Seine tuna fishery is one of the country's most economically important fisheries. In order to address supply chain demand for sustainably sourced tuna, PT Pahala Bahari Nusantara have decided to engage in a comprehensive Fisheries Improvement Program together with WWF-Indonesia's Seafood Savers. This FIP encompassess two species, yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) and skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis), caught by purse seine vessels.

FIP at a Glance

14% 39% 46%
December 01, 2018
14% 39% 46%
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
Not yet available
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.
Nov 2019
Target End Date
Dec 2023

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
FIP Coordinator
Organization Type 
Consultant
Primary Contact 
Sven Blankenhorn
Phone 
+628152522251
Organization Name 
WWF Indonesia (Seafood Savers)
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Achmad Mustofa
Email 
Phone 
+6217829461
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Overview

What is a Prospective FIP?
Prospective FIPs intend to meet the requirements for active FIPs within one year. These projects are posted on FisheryProgress to help users identify opportunities to support developing FIPs and prevent the start of duplicate FIPs. Prospective FIPs are not yet demonstrating progress toward sustainability.

The FIP targets stocks of skipjack, yellowfin, and bigeye tropical tunas. The fishing method/gear used in this fishery is purse seine. The way in which the fleet pursuing these stocks that will be part of the FIP and improvements is defined as follows: US flagged purse seine vessels (size class 6 in EPO/IATTC)

The FIP targets stocks of skipjack, yellowfin, and bigeye tropical tunas. The fishing method/gear used in this fishery is purse seine. The way in which the fleet pursuing these stocks that will be part of the FIP and improvements is defined as follows: US flagged purse seine vessels (size class 6 in EPO/IATTC)

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
US Pacific Tuna Group
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
William (Bill) Sardinha
Phone 
619-236-1191
Organization Name 
WWF-US
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Bill Fox
Phone 
202-495-4397
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Expiration Date 
December 2019

Overview

What is a Prospective FIP?
Prospective FIPs intend to meet the requirements for active FIPs within one year. These projects are posted on FisheryProgress to help users identify opportunities to support developing FIPs and prevent the start of duplicate FIPs. Prospective FIPs are not yet demonstrating progress toward sustainability.

The FIP will target stocks of skipjack, yellowfin, and bigeye tropical tunas. The fishing method/gear used in this fishery is purse seine. The way in which the fleet pursuing these stocks that will be part of the FIP and improvements is defined as follows: US flagged purse seine vessels (size class 6 in EPO/IATTC)

The FIP will target stocks of skipjack, yellowfin, and bigeye tropical tunas. The fishing method/gear used in this fishery is purse seine. The way in which the fleet pursuing these stocks that will be part of the FIP and improvements is defined as follows: US flagged purse seine vessels (size class 6 in EPO/IATTC)

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
US Pacific Tuna Group
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
William (Bill) Sardinha
Phone 
619-236-1191
Organization Name 
WWF-US
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Bill Fox
Phone 
202-495-4397
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Expiration Date 
December 2019

Overview

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Adriatic small pelagic FIP establishing parties was signed in 2016. Signatories of the MoU are WWF Adria, Ministry of Agriculture of Croatia (Directorate of Fisheries) and omega-3 fishery cooperative. A preassessment and scoping document for this fishery was completed in October 2017. The action plan was developed in May 2017 and the FIP launched a year later. This FIP is focused on the Croatian-authorized purse seine fleet targeting sardine in GSA17 and GSA18. The only type of gear used in this fishery is purse seine. 

For full information about the FIP and its progress please refer to the benchmarking files available in the documents section.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Adriatic small pelagic FIP establishing parties was signed in 2016. Signatories of the MoU are WWF Adria, Ministry of Agriculture of Croatia (Directorate of Fisheries) and omega-3 fishery cooperative. A preassessment and scoping document for this fishery was completed in October 2017. The action plan was developed in May 2017 and the FIP launched a year later. This FIP is focused on the Croatian-authorized purse seine fleet targeting sardine in GSA17 and GSA18. The only type of gear used in this fishery is purse seine. 

FIP at a Glance

11% 46% 43%
May 01, 2018
11% 46% 43%
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.
Feb 2020
Target End Date
May 2022

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
WWF Adria
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Toni Trevižan
Phone 
+385 95 365 4879
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