The Global Fresh and Frozen Tuna Supply Chain Roundtable (SR) is an expansion of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean Longline Tuna SR. In October 2018, the SR was merged with the Indonesian Tuna and Large Pelagics SR, because of the overlap in participants and the primary interest in Indonesia as the world’s largest producer of tuna. In November 2018, the tuna component of the Eastern Pacific Ocean Large Pelagics SR moved to the Global Fresh and Frozen Tuna SR (the EPO SR is now the Global Mahi SR). The roundtable has an emphasis on high-quality, line-caught yellowfin and bigeye tuna that enters the market as fresh or frozen product. 

The roundtable serves as a forum for companies that are involved in the supply of fresh or frozen yellowfin and bigeye tuna and wish to actively support improvements in fishery management through fishery improvement projects (FIPs). FIPs can address particular improvement needs for specific fleets, as well as potential developments in the policies of coastal states.

Improvement efforts may include the promotion of best practices for data acquisition, observer coverage, transshipments, bycatch reduction, elimination of illegal fishing, and promotion of best practices regarding labor rights policies of coastal states. FIPs can also seek to promote changes in policy (e.g., the introduction of harvest control rules) at the regional level through the relevant regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs). 

SFP also provides responsible procurement specifications for tuna buyers and encourages roundtable participants to adopt these guidelines.  

Project Contact: 

If you would like more information about the roundtable or wish to support it, please contact SFP.

The T75 sector report for fresh and frozen tuna details the state of the sector. Based on 2014 production data, 73,000 tonnes, or 15 percent of the global production, are currently considered sustainable or improving, using publicly available information on MSC status and FIP progress ratings reviewed in early October 2017.

There is room for improvement, especially in three countries: Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Japan. An additional 19.5 percent of global production could shift to the improving category if national-level FIPs in Indonesia and Sri Lanka can be fully launched through existing supply engagement. In addition, new supply chain engagement in Japan will be required to close the gap to T75 by supporting or starting national fleet FIPs in Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and China.

Fisheries Covered by the Roundtable: 

The roundtable primarily focuses on all fisheries for yellowfin and bigeye tuna entering the fresh/frozen market. These are typically longline or handline fisheries. An overview of fisheries covered by the SR can be found here.

Atlantic Ocean:

Indian Ocean:

Pacific Ocean:

Improvement needs, objectives, and action recommendations for 2020 are in development, and will be published after the annual SR meeting

Progress Update

An overview of past progress can be found in our SR Chronicles.

Improvement Needs and Recommendations

Below are the improvement needs required in fisheries management in both the Indian and Pacific Oceans if we are to meet our shared goal of sustainable tuna fisheries, along with our recommendations and actions for achieving them. 

1.Harvest control rules (HCRs) need to be formally adopted for yellowfin tuna (YFT) and bigeye tuna (BET) stocks by all of the regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs).

Influence the RFMOs, through their members and cooperating non-members, to implement target and limit reference points and effective HCRs for all YFT and BET target stocks as a matter of urgency.

2. Target and limit reference points need to be formally adopted and implemented for all YFT and BET stocks managed by the RFMOs, as well as principal bycatch species.

Influence the RFMOs, through their members and cooperating non-members, to implement target and limit reference points for all YFT and BET target stocks and principal bycatch species as a matter of urgency.

3. Compliance with all national and RFMO conservation and management measures must be improved and/or better documented publicly.

Request your suppliers to provide evidence of a) compliance with conservation and management measures to their country government and b) their government’s submission of compliance reports to each RFMO in a timely manner. 

4. Collection of fisheries data (e.g., catch and effort) must be improved, and data should be provided regularly to national and RFMO administrations.

Request improved data collection (i.e., electronic logbooks) and data reporting to ensure complete and accurate datasets (e.g., catch and effort) and timely delivery to the national and RFMO databases. 

5. Longline tuna fisheries must reduce bycatch and/or bycatch mortality to levels consistent with global best practice (e.g., of sharks and rays, sea turtles, sea birds, and other vulnerable species).

Request your suppliers to reduce bycatch and/or bycatch mortality through increased implementation of best practice measures (e.g., nylon leaders, circle hooks, bird-scaring lines) and monitoring with observers or electronic monitoring.

SFP has a webinar explaining how the supply chain can successfully implement these measures.

Require your suppliers to adopt a “fins naturally attached” rule for sharks in order to discourage shark finning and the associated misreporting of shark bycatch. 

6. Better monitoring and enforcement is needed to reduce illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Request that your suppliers follow best practices during transshipment at sea in order to help reduce opportunities for IUU fishing. 

Above all, request your supply chain to start a fishery improvement project (FIP). For advice on starting a FIP, see SFP's Guide to FIPs

Current Objectives

The Global Fresh and Frozen Tuna Supply Chain Roundtable is dedicated to the improvement of fisheries that supply line-caught YFT and BET to the fresh and frozen markets and will adopt a number of different approaches to promoting effective regulatory policies and best practices, including:

  1. Identification of relevant tuna fisheries important to SR participants 
  2. Initiation and implementation of new FIPs
  3. Engagement with IOTC and WCPFC delegations to positively impact decision making with respect to tuna fishery sustainability
  4. Ensuring SR participants are informed on developments in tuna sustainability, including other NGO work and new and existing pan-industry bodies
  5. Development of an Indonesian Longline Tuna FIP webpage. 


Indonesian National Tuna FIP


Under SFP’s Target 75 Initiative, we are seeking to achieve 75 percent of global production of key seafood sectors (including both shelf-stable and fresh/frozen tuna sectors) to be either improving (i.e., in a credible FIP making adequate progress) or sustainable (i.e., MSC-certified). Accordingly, there are two tactical “successes” based on T75:

  • We increase the number of FIPs.
  • We increase the volume of product in FIPs. 

Strategically, our T75 analyses of tuna recommend that we move away from fishery-by-fishery FIP initiation and instead focus on larger-scale (or regional) FIPs that offer economies of scale. 

Indonesia is considered the world’s largest producer of tuna and has the most abundant tuna fisheries in the world. Unsurprisingly, therefore, our T75 tuna analysis recommends a large-scale FIP in Indonesia’s EEZ as an important route for achieving T75 in fresh and frozen tuna. 


Several initiatives are already underway, or planned, with the goal of improving the sustainability of Indonesia’s tuna fisheries. To avoid the risk of overwhelming the local industry and government with yet another initiative, it is imperative that any strategy is sensitive to this possibility and aims to collaborate and/or build upon existing efforts. 

As such, several organizations funded by the Walton Family Foundation to work on Indonesian tuna are collaborating through a coordination platform, facilitated by Marine Change, that meets two-to-three times a year. The membership, called the Tuna Consortium, includes Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), the International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF), the Indonesia Pole & Line and Handline Association (AP2HI), Masyarakat Dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI), WWF Indonesia, Hatfield Indonesia, and The Nature Conservancy (TNC)/YKAN.  

The platform has been effective in providing clarity on work areas and has enabled the members to avoid duplication. 

In addition, a major element of the coordination platform will be to collate the improvement needs for all Indonesian tuna FIPs through a National Tuna Fisheries Action Plan and work synergistically to address cross-cutting needs, including policy changes. 

SFP’s work to support the National Indonesian Longline Tuna FIP

Following discussions with the coordination platform, SFP’s contribution to improving Indonesian tuna fisheries includes supporting industry to initiate large-scale longline tuna FIP(s). 

This will be achieved by using results from the Indonesia tuna MSC pre-assessment conducted by WWF Indonesia to identify fisheries from the units of assessments and engage with the fishers/fleet owners to explain the opportunities for fisheries improvement and potential market access/market security. 

SFP supported the development of the National Indonesian Longline Tuna FIP by coordinating the industry to develop a FIP workplan and seek funding for FIP implementation activities. The National Indonesian Longline Tuna FIP is being coordinated by the Indonesia Longline Tuna Association (ATLI) and is listed on Fishery Progress as Indonesia Indian Ocean and Western Central Pacific Ocean tuna - longline. SFP will support the transition of any additional prospective or existing longline tuna FIP(s) to coordinate with the National Indonesian Longline Tuna FIP into implementation, by driving market pressure and working through the coordination platform to realize the necessary policy changes. 

Furthermore, we will keep SFP’s fresh and frozen tuna market partners informed of developments with the FIP via our Global Fresh and Frozen Tuna Supply Chain Roundtable, in order to drive improvements by Indonesian suppliers. 

Will there be one overarching tuna FIP?

We envisage that there will be fishery-specific FIP workplans to emerge from the program that will contain unique improvement needs and also some common improvement needs, likely P1 and P3 elements. 

Through the coordination platform, we will work with existing and prospective FIPs from NGO colleagues, as we expect many MSC Principle 1 and 3 (P1 and P3) improvement needs in these FIPs will be the same. 

The figure below demonstrates this visually. 


Status Updates

For updates on SFP’s work on the National Indonesian Longline Tuna FIP project click here. 

How to Get Involved

If you are a producer or supplier of Indonesian longline tuna and wish to be involved in the project please contact Dessy Anggraeni  or Agus Budhiman. Additional actions below:

1. Include FIPs in your procurement policy

Justification: If purchasing seafood that is not sustainable, source from operators that are working proactively to improve the health, environmental, and social performance of fisheries or farms, and can demonstrate significant progress in fixing problems by meeting clear milestones and deadlines for improvement.

How to complete: Source from FIPs that meet the Conservation Alliance guidelines for basic or comprehensive FIPs. Require that FIPs you source from meet at minimum the criteria for basic FIPs, are listed on the Fishery Progress tracking website, and demonstrate adequate progress (i.e. A-C rated).

2. Make a public commitment supporting the National Indonesian Longline Tuna FIP

Justification: Creating a public company commitment to supporting the National Indonesian Longline Tuna FIP shows an important commitment to action and provides essential encouragement to Indonesian fisheries to participate and to the Indonesian government to continue making improvements to fisheries management.

How to complete: Outline activities your company will undertake to support the National Indonesian Longline Tuna FIP.

3. Make your support public (e.g., posted on your website or in your place of business)

Justification: Send a letter of support (to us in the first instance).

How to complete: A letter provides tangible evidence of your support for the National Indonesian Longline Tuna FIP. The following text can be used in a letter:

This letter is to express the support of [your company] for the SFP initiative to create a new national longline tuna FIP in Indonesia. 

We are interested in sourcing [more] longline-caught tuna from Indonesia, and the realization of this initiative will influence our purchasing. 

We encourage all stakeholders to fully engage to ensure the initiative is successful.

4Contribute financially/in-kind

Justification: SFP secured funding for the majority of the pre-FIP work, and our partner, LINI, is working with the FIP on FIP implementation coordination and activities. However, there may be a requirement for financial support for specific activities in the FIP workplan(s).

How to complete: Formally express interest to SFP in participating in the initiative. 

5. Review your sourcing and consider buying from the fisheries participating in the National Indonesian Longline Tuna FIP.

Justification: Companies that buy and sell seafood can make a significant difference by changing buying practices and communicating expectations to suppliers. Support improving tuna fisheries within the initiative through purchasing decisions.

How to complete: Discuss potential sourcing with companies participating in the National Indonesian Longline Tuna FIP.

6. Recommend that your suppliers engage in the National Indonesian Longline Tuna FIP

Justification: Companies that buy and sell Indonesian tuna can make a significant difference by changing buying practices and communicating expectations to vendors.

How to complete: Encourage Indonesian fisheries to engage with SFP at an early stage to ensure they are included within the mapping exercise.

This work is funded in part by the Walmart Foundation.

Quarterly Global Fresh and Frozen Tuna SR Update – April to June 2020

This briefing provides an update on progress, activities, and news in the areas of interest to the SR. It also indicates any actions and further support needed. A full summary of past progress, including details from past quarterly updates, can be found in our SR Chronicles

1. Target 75 Priority Fisheries

Please find an overview of fisheries identified in the Fresh & Frozen Tuna Target 75 report, including those currently not necessarily prioritized by the SR, here.

Update: SFP developed an updated 2020 T75 sector strategy table that was shared in the Q2 newsletter.

SFP met virtually with the National Tuna Longline FIP (Indonesia Indian Ocean and Western Central Pacific Ocean tuna - longline) coordinators, Indonesian Tuna Longline Association (ATLI), to discuss observer work and training for the FIP on bycatch mitigation. The FIP deployed one observer on a FIP vessel in May 2020 to record standardized data on catches, as well as ETP interactions and potential mitigation techniques to be tested based on the type of ETP interactions. Data from the observer trip will be used to develop bycatch mitigation training materials. In-person training on bycatch mitigation and an eLogbook refresher with captains will be held in August in three fishing ports (Benoa, Ambon, and Muara Baru). An additional observer trip is being planned for October that will also be coupled with a circle hook study to test hook size and interactions with ETP species.  

SFP is working to gather data on vessels <30GT to support the National Tuna Longline FIP, particularly with regard to small-size longline vessels operating in the Indian Ocean that have fishing licenses mostly from local governments. This data will help better characterize the longline tuna fleet, in order to expand the scope of the FIP and engage this segment of the fleet in joining the FIP.

The FIP held its quarterly meeting on June 22 and discussed the bycatch mitigation training, observer coverage and obtaining a vessel in the WCPO, the circle hook study, and FIP membership. As of June 2020, 12 new companies had joined the FIP. The total of FIP participants has grown to 26 (16 fishing companies and 10 processing companies), covering close to 300 vessels. 

Further support needed: SR participants to make a public commitment of support for the National Indonesian Longline Tuna FIP.

2. Support to established FIPs and improvement efforts

Please find an overview of all existing FIPs and improvement efforts, their current progress ratings, and status here.

Update: All FIPs are rated A-C.

Further support needed: SR participants to check FIP ratings using and review quarterly FIP progress reports.

3. Support for mitigation of overarching fishery/FIP sustainability issues

SR participants and their customers publicly support national policy improvements in Indonesia, as related to national tuna management and captured in the FIP workplan(s).

Update: Regulatory review results have been delayed due to a shift in priorities with the government as a result of COVID-19 impacts.

No further support needed.

SFP uses its technical and RFMO expertise and experience to advise SR participants on who, how, and what to engage.

Update: SFP continues to work with IPLNF to develop meetings with government and industry on identifying RFMO priorities and ways to support industry needs through engagement with RFMO delegates in Indonesia. IPLNF is coordinating this work and is doing an analysis of the current RFMO priorities, which will then be used to engage the government in a meeting planned for mid-July

An RFMO market engagement resource outlining RFMO priorities was also developed by the NFO Global Tuna Forum for engaging the SR as well as the domestic industry and will be translated to Bahasa.

No further support needed.

Support active, strategic supply chain engagement of RFMOs to secure the timely implementation of measures around ETP bycatch and observer coverage.

Update: SFP analyzed two of the three remaining RFMO's observer coverage (IATTC and IOTC) and presented this to the SR in a newsletter during Q2. The additional ETP review for ICCAT, IATTC, and IOTC, as well as observer coverage review for ICCAT, will occur during Q3. 

The IATTC virtual SC meeting was moved from June to July and was attended by SFP staff. SFP also attended the US SAS and GAC virtual meetings during June. No other RFMO meetings occurred during this quarter.

In a letter, 15 SR participants and their customers called on the US, EU, and approximately 45 governments to implement electronic monitoring in tuna fisheries to protect workers and ensure fishing continues to be sustainable. At-sea observer programs in tuna fisheries have been suspended by the RFMOs since April due to COVID-19. It is urgent to remind governments and RFMOs that electronic monitoring should become an accepted alternative to human observer coverage in tuna fisheries.

No further support needed.

SR participants and retail partners successfully utilize the longline bycatch mitigation best practice guide.

Update: During the virtual SR meeting, SFP presented specific asks around ETP bycatch and observer coverage, as well as the Aldi/SFP/Hookpod project.

SFP translated the longline bycatch guide to Bahasa Indonesia, supported by a grant from the Walmart Foundation and published with co-branding from Greenpeace, Birdlife International, and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). There is plan to conduct a national workshop on bycatch and ETP organized jointly by MMAF and SFP before the end of 2020.

No further support needed.

4. Expansion of the SR

Update: A new participant, Santa Monica Seafood, joined the SR in May 2020.

Further support needed: Promote the SR to fellow industry and invite participation; share your supply chain knowledge re: tuna buyers from Japan, Italy, or Spain with SFP