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Profile updated on 4 March 2020

SUMMARY

SUMMARY

IDENTIFICATION

SCIENTIFIC NAME(s)

Thunnus albacares

SPECIES NAME(s)

Yellowfin tuna

Yellowfin tuna are considered a single population in the western and central Pacific Ocean for stock assessment purposes. There is the potential for some mixing between eastern and western stocks to occur(Davies et al. 2014).

The Eastern Tuna and Billfish fishery targets yellowfin tuna, albacore, bigeye tuna, striped marlin and swordfish.

The primary gear used in this fishery is pelagic longlines (44 vessels), with handline, troll and rod and reel considered minor gears (7 vessels).

There is uncertainty as to the connectivity of yellowfin tuna in the ETBF to the broader western and central Pacific stock and it has been suggested it should be managed as a “relatively separate stock” (AFMA, 2012d). The map represents the distribution of the currently assumed single Western and Central Pacific stock.


ANALYSIS

Strengths
  • Yellowfin tuna in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean are managed at the international level by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

    FISHSOURCE SCORES

    Management Quality:

    Management Strategy:

    ≥ 8

    Managers Compliance:

    ≥ 8

    Fishers Compliance:

    ≥ 10