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2017 Action Plan - WCPO Tuna MSC Alignment Group

1. Information Dissemination: Continually compile and disseminate information of relevance to principles 1 and 2 under the MSC fisheries standard for principal market tuna stocks of the WCPFC convention area. The Alignment Group will disseminate information through use of an email distribution list. The content of the Group’s website will be constrained to including relatively static background information on the Group (e.g., Alignment Group covered fisheries, Alignment Group annual position statements and meeting reports).

2. Participants: Continually identify new MSC certified fisheries, fisheries under full assessment and fisheries in FIPs that fall under the Alignment Group scope and invite the MSC client groups and FIP leads to participate in Alignment Group activities.

3. Expanded Scope: Expand the Group’s scope to cover all principal market tuna stocks, and all fishing gears that supply these species. To date, the Group scope covered client groups of fisheries certified and under assessment against the MSC fisheries standard and of participants of FIPs for fisheries for albacore, bigeye and yellowfin tunas in the Convention Area of the WCPFC, and other stakeholders. The expanded scope is reflected in the current Alignment Group description presented at the top of this document.

4. Annual Position Statement: In early 2017, produce an annual position statement that identifies priority actions to achieve robust harvest strategies for south Pacific albacore, and western and central Pacific bigeye, skipjack and yellowfin tuna stocks, and to address priority P2 deficits for longline and purse seine fisheries. As in 2016, the 2017 position statement will be open for signatures by both Alignment Group participants and other stakeholders. The 2017 position statement will be addressed to members, cooperating non-members and participating territories of WCPFC.

5. Document for Suppliers to Communicate the Case for MSC and FIPs to Domestic Management Authorities: During the first half of 2017, produce a summary document that explains the importance of MSC certification and of FIPs that meet the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solution’s ‘comprehensive FIP’ definition and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s category ‘A’ FIP, in order to maintain and secure new markets, and maintain long-term economic viability. The document would be tailored for use by suppliers and other stakeholders to communicate this message to domestic fisheries management authorities and other members of delegations to WCPFC.

6. Document for Suppliers to Communicate the Case for MSC and FIPs and the Role of the Alignment Group to their Major Tuna Buyer Clients: During the first half of 2017, produce a summary document for use by suppliers that helps them communicate to their clients what they are doing through participation in the Alignment Group in order to meet MSC standard requirements on harvest strategies, and to communicate the importance of delegations to WCPFC of also hearing from major buyers on needed actions on harvest strategies.

7. Harmonized FIP Workplan Principal 1 Activities: Upon request, provide technical assistance to FIP leads to prepare or amend FIP workplan activities designed to address principal 1 deficits that are consistent with the outcomes of the 2016 MSC WCPO CAB tuna harmonization meeting and the WCPFC harvest strategy workplan.

8. FIP Website Content to Meet SFP Evaluations: Upon request, provide technical assistance to FIP leads to review the content of public FIP websites to determine if all categories of information reviewed by SFP are included.

9. FisheryProgress.org FIP Records: Upon request, provide technical assistance to FIP leads to produce records for their FIP on the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions’ FisheryProgress.org website that contain all required content and uploads that are available for the improvement project.

10. Meeting of Participants: In the final quarter of the year, convene a full Group meeting and/or hold meetings with individual participants (in-person if possible, otherwise remotely) to obtain feedback on the value of 2017 Alignment Group activities and on alternative future activities.

11. Financial and Institutional Resources: The Alignment Group will continue to seek SFP, TNC and WWF in-kind contributions and funding for consultants to implement these planned activities. New support will be sought to designate a staff person to compile current information on outcomes of management processes by FFA, PNA and WCPFC.