Indian Ocean Tuna Purse Seine
FIP Stage: 4 (Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management)
Last Updated: May 2020
In the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean, OPAGAC represents 15 purse seine vessels, catching approximately 14% the region’s total tropical tuna catch. Most of the fleet’s tuna is processed in regional facilities with most of the canned product exported to markets in Europe.
The management measures adopted by Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) have not been effective to maintain the catches of tropical tuna stocks at the agreed levels. As an example, there is only one harvest control rule in place for skipjack, while yellowfin tuna is currently overfished and overfishing is occurring, despite the rebuilding plan adopted by the Commission. There are also problems with data available for some important fleets (e.g. Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka).
The active involvement of FIP Stakeholders, including Indian Ocean tuna – purse seine (SIOTI), International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ), Pew Charitable Trusts, AZTI, the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) and the Spanish Secretary-General for Fisheries (SGP), drives improvements against the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
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:
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.
PROGRESS AND ACTIVITY
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.
Indian Ocean Tropical Tuna (SIOTI) FIP Status
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 FisheryProgress.org.
FIP OUTCOMES TO DATE
The fishery has achieved the following impacts through improved practices and management
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