The Pacific Longline Tuna Fishery has entered a Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) with the aim to achieve MSC certification. FIPs bring together multiple fishery stakeholders; fishers, managers, researchers, funders and NGOs with the aim to improve a fishery’s practices and management.
The Pacific Tuna Longline Fishery aims to meet the rising global demand for tuna in a sustainable manner by assuring catches do not exceed sustainable levels, promoting the ecosystem based approach to fisheries management and strengthening policy and governance systems in the region. The fishery being assessed is the Pacific Tuna Longline Fishery targeting albacore (Thunnus alalunga), bigeye (Thunnus obesus) and yellowfin (Thunnus albacares) tuna in the Pacific Ocean.
Special consideration will be invested in improving the availability of accurate data on catches, retained and especially bycatch and 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.
Documents, including the pre-assessment and task plan, will be available here and comments can be submitted via email.