Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP)Vietnamese 🇻🇳
The Action Plan scores the yellowfin against MSC criteria, identifying gaps and recommended actions required to meet the MSC standard. WWF-Viet Nam is the National FIP Manager and the Viet Nam Tuna Association (VinaTuna) is also a member of the FIP Coordination Unit. WWF-US and other WWF offices also actively support the FIP, including engaging with the supply chain.
The FIP previously included longline gear (pre-2020) but vessels historically using longline have converted to handline only.
- Supporting the development and implementation in management of harvest control rules and limit reference points, in partnership with WPEA project and wider WCPFC
- Continued expansion of training, piloting and at-sea deployment of onboard observers in the handline fishery, including piloting of electronic logbooks, in direct partnership with industry (FIP Participants)
- Supporting the establishment of a National Observer Program and securing the sustainable financing of its implementation towards WCPFC targets
- Development and application in management of a Bycatch Mitigation Strategy, including full reporting of sea turtle and shark encounters
- Continued socialization and expansion in the use of Circle Hooks in the handline fishery, mainstreaming their adoption across the sector
- Implementation of FIP traceability program, fully applied in all relevant processors and verified through independent 3rd party audits
- Ongoing communication and awareness programs with fishers, processors and other stakeholders related to the FIP
- Support the process of Viet Nam joining WCPFC
- Expanding the use of circle hooks in the fishery which is a successful bycatch mitigation strategy that does not sacrifice target catch levels
- Communication on protection of sea turtles and sharks
- Actively engaging with MARD in the development of a National Tuna Management Plan and other reformative policies and legal instruments (e.g. adoption of harvest control measures, piloting of quota systems, application of risk management and protection of at-risk species)
- Developing and piloting the use of e-logbooks in the handline tuna fleet
- Continuing to train and deploy at-sea fishery observers to inform the development of additional bycatch mitigation strategies and support the establishment of a National Observer Program
- Designing, developing, and piloting a first-of-its-kind FIP traceability program with domestic tuna processors to identify “FIP-eligible” yellowfin tuna products in the market
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Several international seafood companies support the FIP financially and through additional commitments related to supply chain engagement, traceability, catch documentation and communications. Because of their commitments, including traceability and sourcing arrangements, these suppliers (and only these suppliers) are recognized as providing FIP fish in the marketplace.
Current fee-paying FIP Participants include:
In addition, the following sustainable seafood supply chain partners are engaged in supporting the FIP:
How can I become a FIP Participant?
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. Please contact Ms. Nguyen Dieu Thuy, Project manager at email@example.com if you would like to learn more about becoming a FIP Participant.
A key aspect of the FIP is to ensure that Viet Nam yellowfin tuna is differentiated in the marketplace. This requirement is particularly important in Viet Nam where over half of the total yellowfin tuna exports use foreign raw material, which is re-exported, and therefore not eligible as a FIP product in the marketplace.
For FIP industry partners to have recognized FIP products, they are required to demonstrate that their yellowfin tuna products are coming from the FIP (i.e. are sourced from legally permitted Vietnamese handline vessels). The FIP traceability system was developed in 2017 - designed in close collaboration with industry partners and third-party auditor experts.
Importantly, the FIP traceability system will also provide Vietnamese tuna processors with a tool that can be applied to help their businesses meet international requirements.
A full audit of 13 processors was undertaken in 2019, which evidenced steady improvements in FIP code adoption as well as highlighting issues and gaps. VinaTuna/WWF continue to work with all processors to implement necessary corrective actions and work plans related to FIP trace code implementation.
Please contact Ms. Nguyen Dieu Thuy, Project manager at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about becoming a FIP Participant.
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