The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is developing a new national-level fishery improvement project (FIP) for longline tuna in Indonesia, as part of an ongoing initiative to make 75 percent of the global production in key seafood sectors sustainable.

The FIP will cover albacore, yellowfin and bigeye tuna longline fisheries in the Indian Ocean within the exclusive economic zone of Indonesia and international waters, as well as fisheries in the Western Central Pacific Ocean.

The Indonesian Longline Tuna Association (ALTI) is backing the FIP, alongside 14 Indonesian companies that operate more than 250 vessels.

“This could be a historical milestone for the longline tuna fishery improvement project towards MSC certification,” said ATLI Chairman Dwi Agus Siswa Putra.