Sea Delight signs Vietnam Yellowfin Tuna Fishery Improvement Project Partner Agreement with WWF

Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, Dec. 3, 2014

At the closing of a Community Discussion Group held here in the fishing port of Tam Quan, Binh Dinh Province, the final signatures were placed on the VN Tuna FIP Partner Agreement. Signatories to the agreement are Stephanie Bradley, VP Fisheries – WWF USA, Keith Symington, Vietnam Tuna FIP Coordinator – WWF Coral Triangle Programme and Stephen Fisher, GM Asia Pacific -Sea Delight.

1Keith Symington (WWF CTP) and Stephen Fisher (Sea Delight) signing the FIP Agreement

As per the agreement itself the parties in the partnership will “support the Vietnam FIP, which aims to guide the longline/handline tuna industry on a path towards sustainability and ultimately Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification”

The topics discussed with stakeholders in the local tuna fishery at the meeting were directly related to the Tuna FIP workplan. Stakeholders expressed their views on how to improve traceability, onboard logbook coverage and the training of onboard observers from local fishing communities. A report on the meeting can be found this month on the Sea Delight website.



Community Discussion Group Highlights- Vietnam Tuna FIP Milestones

Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, Dec. 3, 2014

Hosted by the Binh Dinh Province Sub-Department of Capture Fisheries and Resource Protection (DECAFIREP) and the Tam Quan Village Peoples Committee, a Community Discussion Group was held at the town hall. Invited to the meeting were stakeholders in the local hook and line tuna fishery based in Tam Quan port. These stakeholders included fishers and vessel owners, local government and fisheries authorities, local tuna traders, representatives of WWF Vietnam (WWF VN) and WWF Coral Triangle Programme (WWF CTP) and representatives from Sea Delight.

The subject of the Community Meeting was to open dialogue on the new Vietnam Tuna Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) and explore ideas on how to work on some important milestones from the FIP Work Plan. The specific tasks on the agenda were improving traceability from vessel to end user, improving the number of vessels filling out WCPFC catch data logbooks, improving the quality of the logbook data being collected and exploring the possibility of training members of the local fishing community to be onboard observers. All proceedings were translated into Vietnamese or English as required.

Highlights of the meeting were presentations by Binh Dinh Sub-DECAFIREP head, Ms. Mai Kim Thi on the current tuna fishery and community in Tam Quan, by Mr. Keith Symington of WWF CTP on the concept of a FIP and the Vietnam FIP in particular, and by Ms. Nguyen Dieu Thuy of WWF VN on onboard observer programs.

Sub DECAFIREP Chief, Mai Kim Thi, talks about the Tam Quan tuna fishing community

2Ms. Nguyen Dieu Thuy (WWF VN) delivers her presentation on onboard observer training

Sea Delight representative Stephen Fisher kicked off the community discussion with a short presentation on traceability, logbook coverage and observer training.

The subjects were well received by all participants and resulted in lively discussions and many useful suggestions on how to tackle the FIP tasks.

3Community members engaged in a lively discussion on the meeting topics

Local government officials expressed full support for the FIP and the work plan tasks and promised cooperation. The fishers and vessel captains all supported efforts to improve traceability and logbook coverage. 100% of the fishers present advised they already were filling out the WCPFC logbook on each trip, but admitted the quality of data being entered could be improved.

Many local stakeholders were interested in the concept of training onboard observers from the fishing community. Several vessel captains volunteered to undertake the training. Others in the meeting reminded them that it was difficult to run a fishing boat and conduct complicated observer work, like taking photos and measuring fish length, at the same time. Others wanted to know how much an observer earned. Sea Delight expressed support for the program and a willingness to participate in both looking for candidates for observer training and assisting in the actual training sessions.

The next steps for the tuna FIP and Sea Delight are to work with the tuna supply chain to improve and standardize traceability systems and to begin training of onboard observers and port enumerators for actual deployment next year.

Full reports on this upcoming activity will appear here on the Sea Delight website.


Tuna unloading on the dock at Tam Quan


Report on the Luwuk/Banggai Bottomfish FIP

Dec. 14, 2014 The Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) in Luwuk/Banggai, Central Sulawesifor the handline bottomfish fishery has been in place for over 3 years.  Through the guidance of WWF Indonesia Seafood Savers, Sea Delight has been conducting a program of Logbook Data collection and other activities to collect information on the multiple target species of the fishery.

  1. Logbook Data Collection.

The logbook data records the volume of purchased raw material based on Sea Delight’s local supplier’s receiving receipts. This data has been collected since 2011 and finally reached its third year of collection in October, 2014.  This data can now be used to analyze reef fish stock in the fishery and has been shared with WWF Seafood Savers for analysis. However, as per the last discussion with Seafood Saver Staff, The Logbook data will continue to be collected since it is required to monitor the stock as well as to maintain the product traceability.

  1. Scientific Data Collection

Also being collected is data based on gonad (sexual) maturity level. Individual fish length composition, which is standard length, tail fork length, total length in centimeters and weight in kilos as well as sex identification are entered onto the data collection form daily. This data collection project has been implemented for over 1 year at the date of this writing.


Scientific Data Collection

  1. Android Platform Landing Data Collection

In 3 fishing communities in the fishery a new method of catch data collection is being tested. Instead of paper records android tablets are used to record and upload the data. The application itself is called “AKVO” and the data has just started to be collected since September 2014 in 3 different fishing communities;  Pagimana, Pangkalasean and Banggai Laut.

2Enumerator collecting catch data with android tablet

The data collected using the AKVO system records the number of fishermen, number of boats, boat’s engine size, length of the vessel and the catch of each target species. The program is also being used to compile a fish name dictionary in the local dialect. Everyday, enumerators standby in thelanding station to interview the fishers for all the data required in the AKVO form. This data is sent to the WWF Seafood Savers administrator automatically whenever an internet connection is available.


 Actual AVCO form on screen



Currently satellite communication devices using GPS satellite technology are being tested to help map the fishing grounds and test capability for fishers to communicate with simple messages; “I am OK”, “I see illegal fishing” and “Emergency Help!”.  In the small fishing community of Pangkalasean one vessel has been using the SPOT device successfully.

Banggai Laut

This November was the first trial of using SPOT in Banggai Laut area. Since there are many fishing grounds in this area, the enumerator will give the SPOT alternately to one fisher per village per month or two or per fishing season.

More reports will follow as our progress with the Luwuk/Banggai FIP continues.

The End

Petronela Padja