East Atlantic Purse Seine tuna FIP launched

The FIP will cover the catches of skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tuna from purse seine vessels Photo: Wibowo Djatmiko/CC BY-SA 3.0 The FIP will cover the catches of skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tuna from purse seine vessels Photo: Wibowo Djatmiko/CC BY-SA 3.0

A tuna Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) for the Eastern Atlantic Ocean has been formally launched, with the signing of an agreement and approval of an action plan between 15 organisations.

The FIP will work towards meeting the fisheries sustainability standard set by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and achieving measurable and verifiable improvements in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean purse seine tuna fishery.

“This exciting collaboration between industry, governments and other stakeholders demonstrates the effectiveness of working across the entire seafood supply chain. SCODI is delighted to be a key industry partner and looks forward to implementing impactful changes to safeguard sustainable fishing in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean,” said Mohamad Khachab, SCODI, one of the project’s members.

Improvements

The improvements will be implemented over a five-year period and will allow the fishery to become fully compliant to the MSC standard.

It will utilise the collective power, resources and efforts of the participants to bring about positive improvements to the way the fishery is managed.

The FIP will strive to support the development of robust harvest strategies for tuna, ensure management measures are in place to maintain target and secondary species above biological limits, and provide a framework to manage the ecosystem impacts associated with purse seine fishing.

It will cover the catches of skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tuna from purse seine vessels. It will also support the recovery plan of the two commercial large tuna species in the region, yellowfin and bigeye tuna as well as ensuring the resolutions and recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) are followed and adhered to with regards to the management of skipjack.

Project members include AFKO, Agnes Park, AIRONE Côte d’Ivoire, ANABAC & Associates, ATUNSA, CFTO, COSMO, DH Fisheries, FCF, ORTHONGEL, PANOFI, Saupiquet Concarneau, SCODI, Sea Breeze Ventures and Thai Union Europe. It is supported by the Republic of Ghana, the Republic of Ivory Coast and WWF-UK.

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