Profile updated on 15 March 2021

SUMMARY

SUMMARY

IDENTIFICATION

SCIENTIFIC NAME(s)

Thunnus alalunga

SPECIES NAME(s)

Albacore

Albacore tuna (Thunnus alalunga) comprise a discrete stock in the South Pacific (Murray 1994Hoyle 2012). This highly migratory species, when mature, spawn in tropical and sub-tropical waters between latitudes 10◦S and 30◦S during the austral summer (Muhling et al. 2017) and appear to gradually disperse north from the southern latitudes as they grow (Langley n.d., Nikolic et al. 2017).

For the South Pacific Albacore fishery, distant-water longline fleets and distinct domestic longline fleets catch adult albacore over a broad geographic range in the south Pacific region (see map). This fishery presents an overlapping area between both the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), although management and compliance monitoring is attributed only to the WCPFC. The stock assessments for the South Pacific albacore are currently conducted by the Oceanic Fisheries Program of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).


ANALYSIS

Strengths
  • Albacore stock in the South Pacific is healthy.
  • Bycatch data of seabirds, sea turtles and sharks are limited in Cook Islands EEZ, due to increased monitoring efforts implemented in recent years.

SCORES

Management Quality:

Management Strategy:

≥ 6

Managers Compliance:

≥ 6

Fishers Compliance:

≥ 8