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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).


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).
  • Several bycatch mitigation and monitoring measures for sea turtles and seabirds are in place in the Hawaii deep-set longline fishery targeting tunas, including several gear requirements and ~20% on-board observer coverage. This suite of regulations and measures to address ETP bycatch is virtually unparalleled in commercial fisheries globally. In addition, the US is a member of both the WCPFC and IATTC, and is thus obligated to comply with several conservation measures in place in those RFMOs that address ETP bycatch.

FISHSOURCE SCORES

Management Quality:

Management Strategy:

≥ 6

Managers Compliance:

≥ 6

Fishers Compliance:

≥ 6