Vietnam Yellowfin Tuna

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Vietnam Yellowfin Tuna

  • Species Name: Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares)
  • Location/Region: Vietnam EEZ, South China Sea, Western Central Pacific Ocean
  • Gear Type: Longline and handline
  • Volume: 14,000 MT (2013, both gear types)

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Vietnam Yellowfin Tuna

FIP Stage: 3 (Implementation)
Last Updated: November 7, 2017

The Vietnam yellowfin tuna fishery is meeting the rising global demand for tuna. With approximately 2,000 vessels fishing for yellowfin, and a 2014 total export value of nearly $370 million, it is the most important wild-capture export product in Vietnam. Yet, the fishery faces challenges, as there is a lack of a robust harvest strategy, inadequate data on marine ecosystem impacts, and insufficient management to reduce bycatch of species such as sharks and turtles. With the active involvement of FIP Stakeholders, including several national government agencies, and FIP Participants, the challenges facing this fishery are being addressed.

  • © WWF-Vietnam | Observer Program

  • © WWF-Vietnam | Observer Program

  • © WWF-Vietnam | Observer Program


FIP efforts address governance, fishing practices, and environmental impacts of the fishery so that it can meet the MSC standard. This work is steered by FIP participants and FIP stakeholders and includes:
  • Completing a series of capacity and training sessions for the at-sea Observer Program, who will collect catch data with the goal of reaching a minimum of 10{25cc3917974ef35aebbbcb9e39cf427675b688a5714d36a1e8eceb526c8623f5} on-board observer coverage for the fishery.

  • Working within source fishing communities in the Phu Yen and Binh Dinh provinces, on logbook improvements, portside monitoring and overall fishery improvement awareness.

  • Working with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on fishery improvement activities and milestones related to Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission engagement, harvest control, risk assessment and other matters.

  • Developing and implementing the minimum traceability standards necessary for bringing FIP products to market.


We encourage action across the supply chain to support FIP progress. A FIP Participant is an industry member that is part of the seafood supply chain for the FIP product and is actively engaged in supporting the FIP.

How Can I Become a FIP Participant?

A FIP Participant is an industry member that is part of the seafood supply chain for the FIP product (e.g., retailers, food service providers, suppliers, manufacturers, etc.) and is actively engaged in supporting the FIP. WWF-US encourages support of FIP participants, and will acknowledge FIP Participants on our sustainable seafood website and in other communications regarding our FIP work.

To be considered by WWF-US as a FIP Participant the participating entity is expected to follow the WWF-US FIP Participant Policy.

For more information about what a FIP is and how you can play a role, please contact


The Marine Stewardship Council uses 28 performance indicators to assess the sustainability of fisheries. The chart represents the percentage of indicators that would likely pass, pass with conditions for improvement, or fail upon the fishery’s full assessment.

Vietnam Yellowfin Tuna FIP Status

Initial Assessment

Implementing Improvements

We use a step-wise process to evaluate the fishery’s performance and identify sustainability issues, and then to implement improvements and report results. Want to dive deeper into this FIP’s progress on each of the MSC performance indicators? Visit

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By signing on to support a FIP you are joining forces with other leaders in the industry that seek to help conserve marine ecosystems, protect livelihoods, and increase the number of sustainable fisheries and the overall supply of sustainable seafood.

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