Western Central Pacific Ocean Longline Tuna Fishery

Where does your tuna come from?

Ocean of Harvest: Pacific Ocean, FAO Area 77, 81 – EEZs of Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and High Seas

Country of Origin: Cook Islands, China, FSM, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Taiwan, and Vanuatu.

The Western Central Pacific Ocean Tuna Longline Fishery is one of the largest fishing grounds for longline fishing vessels targeting yellowfin tuna. There are multiple transshipment and exporting ports available in different countries, predominately Pohnpei of FSM and Suva of Fiji. Container is the main transportation method with options of carriers to transship fishery product from fishing ground to the country of production. The tuna industry has significantly contributed to the economies of island countries, which provides food security and local livelihood.

Who caught your tuna?

Your tuna is caught by the Longline vessels under the flag of Cook Islands, China, FSM, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Taiwan and Vanuatu. All vessels are licensed to fish in the Economic Exclusive Zones (EEZs) of island countries and high seas in the Western Central Pacific Ocean, and comply with the Conservation Management Measures (CMM) enforced by the members of WCPFC and are registered on the regional vessel registry.


This fishery has multiple Marine Steward Council (MSC) Fishery certifications, including the Cook Islands, FSM, and Fiji, and some are under comprehensive Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) with commitment to achieve MSC in a timely manner.