Profile updated on 4 March 2020





Thunnus albacares


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).

In Indonesia, yellowfin tuna distribution areas cover the waters of west and south of Sumatra, southern Java, Bali and Nusa Tenggara, Banda Sea and Mallucas island’s sea, Sulawesi sea and western waters of Papua. The nature as a highly migratory species resulted in the possibility of mixing fish populations, especially for the territorial waters of Indonesia that have the characteristics of archipelagic waters directly adjacent to the ocean waters. Based on phylogenetic and population structure analysis, there is no genetic differentiation between the two populations in Ambon and North Moluccas Sea (Akbar and Aris 2018). (LP2T 2016), there is no difference in the structure of yellowfin tuna populations in FMA 572, FMA 573 and northern waters of Sulawesi (Bitung).


  • Yellowfin tuna in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean are managed at the international level by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).
  • The Indonesian management objective for yellowfin tuna is: to ensure the sustainability of yellowfin tuna resources, through harvest strategy implementation. Indonesia intends to develop and implement scientifically-tested harvest strategies to manage the level of targeted fishing on these tuna resources (Indonesia 2018)


Management Quality:

Management Strategy:

≥ 6

Managers Compliance:

≥ 6

Fishers Compliance:

≥ 6