The Fishery Improvement Program for the Vietnamese handline and longline tuna fishery was launched in April 2014. Fishing & Living has been a member and supporter of the FIP since its inception through:
Full-time staff, dedicated to sustainability and FIP implementation
Participation in the FIP Industry Advisory Group
Fishermen trainings and workshops on bycatch mitigation and logbooks
Traceability improvements in cooperation with the FIP coordination unit (WWF and Vinatuna)
Contribution to core FIP funding
It encompasses 3 provinces: Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa and Phu Yen, located in the central part of the country and where the majority of the tuna is landed. The FIP is focused on the Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares), the main target species of the fishery.
An MSC pre-assessment was completed in December 2013