Following the completion of an MSC pre-assessment in 2013, the Cook Islands longline entered a Fishery Improvement Project.
MSC certification of the South Pacific Albacore Longline Fishery, Cook Islands EEZ
The vessels currently under a FIP also catch South Pacific Albacore. Given the favorable results of the pre-assessment (2013), a full MSC assessment was commissioned for the Longline caught South Pacific Albacore harvested in the Cook Islands EEZ. The fishery was certified in June 2015 and the MSC assessment documents can be found here.
MSC certification of the Western and Central Pacific Yellowfin Longline Fishery, Cook Islands EEZ
In June 2017, Yellowfin tuna portion of the fishery which became MSC certified following an expedited assessment process. The MSC assessment documents can be found here.
FIP for the Western and Central Pacific Bigeye Longline Fishery, Cook Islands EEZ
Bigeye is also a target species in this fishery. Even though it represents less than 5% of the catch by volume, the fishery is still making efforts to improve the management and sustainability of Bigeye tuna stocks. A full profile of the FIP is available at fisheryprogress.org.
- Ministry of Marine Resources of the Cook Islands (MMR)
- Luen Thai Fishing Ventures
- Anova USA/ Fishing & Living.
- Adoption of company policy to ban shark retention and targeting
- Captain training workshops
- Capacity building workshops
- Continuous participation in the MSC Principle 1 Industry Alignment group
- MSC Pre-Assessment
- FIP Workplan
- Cook Islands policy banning the retention of sharks
- Progress Report 2015
- Progress Report 2016
- Progress Report 2018
Latest MSC scores and progress
Latest scores and progress can be found on the FIP’s profile on the fisheryprogress.org platform by clicking here.
Longline Best Practice Documents
- Cetaceans Handling & Release guide – English
- Cetacean Handling & Release guide – Chinese
- Elasmobranchs Handling & Release guide – English
- Elasmobranchs Handling & Release guide- Chinese
- WCPFC guidelines for the Handling and Release of Sea Turtles – English
- WCPFC guidelines for the Handling and Relase of Sea Turtles – Chinese
- SFP Best Practices in Tuna Longline Fisheries Report
- More training material can be found here