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The Historic Process of Hsin-Kang Mahi Mahi FIP

The Hsin-Kang Fishermen Association decided to initiate the mahi mahi FIP by the end of 2014, and invited the Overseas Fisheries Development Council(OFDC) to assist to evaluate and coordinate this project. Two explanation sessions for the mahi mahi FIP were held in February and June 2015 respectively, with the participation of representatives from the government, research institute, service wholesaler, processing plant, trade agent, local fishermen, and other stakeholders.

Participants List of Hsin-Kang Mahi Mahi FIP

At current stage, the following organizations/persons have participated in the work of Hsin-Kang mahi mahi FIP:

(The sequence of the list is decided based on the time that member joining the program)
‧Fisheries Agency of Taiwan
‧The Government of Taitung County
‧Professor Wang Sheng-Pin of the National Taiwan Ocean University and his research team
‧Overseas Fisheries Development Council(NGO)
‧Hsin-Kang Fishermen Association and its fishermen
‧Ammon International Inc.(seafood exporter)
‧Jiabin ENT. CO., LTD(service wholesaler)
‧Hsien-Pin Frozen Foods CO., LTD (processing plant)
‧Eastern Marine Biology Research Center of Fisheries Research Institute, COA.
‧Dong-Kang Fishermen Association and its fishermen
‧Su-Ao Fishermen Association and its fishermen

Current Progress

‧Building partnership and establishing working group for FIP Stakeholder Meeting
‧Completion of the Pre-Assessment for Hsin-Kang mahi mahi fishery
‧Adoption of FIP Action Plan
‧Studies on stock structure and stock status for mahi mahi in the waters of Taiwan
‧The Hisn-Kang Mahi Mahi Fisheries Improvement Project 1st Steering Committee was
  held on 25 February 2016.
‧The Hisn-Kang Mahi Mahi Fisheries Improvement Project first membership meeting was
  held on 5th of August 2016, to promote the Manta Ray management measure and
  the mechanism of fishing logbook filling and reporting.
‧The 2nd Steering Committee held on 20th December 2016, adopted the roles and responsibilities of
  stakeholders, as well as the long and short term objectives, and the schedule of the educational seminar.
‧The 1st Steering Committee in 2017 was held on 30th March, in which agreed to expand the membership
  to another three fishermen associations, which also have the fishery of mahi mahi.
‧A Sea turtle identification and conservation workshop was held on 18 July 2017, in which mitigation measures and approaches to facilitate the recovery of incidental catch of sea turtle were introduced.
‧The 2nd Steering Committee in 2017 was held on 21st July. During the meeting, the latest progress of the FIP was introduced and the modification of terms of reference for Steering was proposed to facilitate the participation of new members. In addition, the tentative budget for 2018 was also discussed.

Future Works

Mid-term goals:

‧To convene annual FIP Review Meetings to review the progress, and if necessary,
  to amend the FIP Action Plan.
‧To track and report on progress of FIP periodically (every quarter or half year),
  including actions taken and the possible effects to the fishery resources.
‧To complete the items of Action Plan in five years.

Long-term goals:

‧To make Hsin-Kang mahi mahi fishery meet the requirements of the Sustainable
‧To use the basis of the best available scientific information to develop the
  precautionary approach and Harvest Control Rules.