Tuna & High Seas Fisheries

Fue Shin Fishery Indian Ocean Longline Tuna FIP



The Fue Shin Fishery Indian Ocean Longline Tuna FIP aims to improve fishery management strategies, environmental oversight, and fishing practices on participating Taiwanese longline tuna fishing vessels, so that Fue Shin Fishery, Ltd. is able to achieve Marine Steward Council certification by the middle of 2028. The FIP targets Indian Ocean albacore, bigeye, yellowfin, and skipjack tunas. While Indian Ocean skipjack and albacore are generally considered to have healthy stock status, there are significant concerns about the stock status of yellowfin and bigeye tuna. All stocks lack robust precautionary harvest strategies and the tools to limit the risk of overfishing. Additionally, observer coverage is not consistent across Chinese-flagged vessels, and the main regional management framework (the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission) has not been very effective at implementing measures for achieving environmental sustainability outcomes. Along with significant environmental impacts from longline fishing that need to be considered and then addressed, there are also opportunities to improve worker conditions and labor practices through the FIP.

This FIP is part of a larger effort O2 is pursuing across Northeast Asia to help lead improvement projects and certification in the longline tuna fishing sector. This FIP is one of two projects between FSF and O2 focused on longline tuna sustainability — the other is for longline tuna vessels in the Pacific Ocean.

What We're Doing:

  • Contributing to a strategy, timeline and process to rebuild yellowfin and bigeye tuna stocks targeted in the FIP, including working to define and implement robust, well-managed precautionary harvest strategies and harvest control rules and tools for all four tuna species.
  • Ensuring the fishery improves the quality, verification and provision of its catch data and interactions with endangered, protected and threatened species. This is to ultimately support the science and management decision at the WCPFC and IATTC and quantify the fishery’s impact.
  • Undertook initial fact finding to understand current gaps and shortcomings in fishery management and current fishing practice.
  • Conducted a MSC pre-assessment and development of a FIP work plan to address deficiencies identified in the pre-assessment, which we are helping FSF to implement.
  • Assessing social risks in the fishery against globally recognized best practices and integrating opportunities to address human and labor rights in fishery improvement processes.
  • Tracking project progress transparently on FisheryProgress.org.

Project News and Additional Resources:

Fishery Improvement Project Information:

FIP Status: Comprehensive FIP (tracked fully on FisheryProgress.org)
Project Launch: February 2023
Location: Indian Ocean
Participants: Ocean Outcomes, Fue Shin Fishery, Ltd.
Species: Albacore (Thunnus alalunga) Bigeye (T. obesus), Yellowfin (T. albacares), and Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)
Gear Type: Pelagic Longline
Volume: 1,600 metric tons
Documents: Pre-assessment / Workplan

This FIP is tracked publically in its entirety on FisheryProgress.org, see the Fue Shin Fishery Indian Ocean Longline Tuna FIP profile here.