Vietnam Tuna FIP Launch Anticipated for April 2014

March 2014

Since September 2012, Fishing & Living has been involved in the Vietnamese Fisheries Improvement Program for Handline and Longline Yellowfin Tuna fisheries, lead by WWF Vietnam and facilitated by the Asian Pacific Sustainable Seafood and Trade Network (APSSTN).

In February 2014, the FIP Action Plan was finalized and endorsed by the government of Vietnam and is now in the final stages of approval by all FIP stakeholders, including the Fishing & Living Initiative. The Action Plan lays out the work plan, expected outcomes, activities, roles and responsibilities and milestones for the 4 years to comes, aiming to reach Marine Stewardship Council certification by 2018.

Fishing & Living is preparing for a strong commitment to this FIP and plans to be involved in a number of activities, focusing on data collection, observer schemes, port sampling procedures and traceability: aspects that Fishing & Living has gained significant experience and knowledge through its past and current work in the Handline Tuna FIP in Indonesia.

The Vietnam Handine and Longline Tuna FIP is planned to be officially launched on the 1st of April 2014. Information on Fishing & Living’s activities will be posted regularly.

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