Proceedings of the first world meeting on bigeye tuna

Deriso, Richard B. and Bayliff, William H. and Webb, Nicholas J. (eds.) (1998) Proceedings of the first world meeting on bigeye tuna. La Jolla, CA, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, 292pp. (Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission Special Report, 9)

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Abstract

The annual catches of big eye are exceeded by those of only two other species of tuna, skipjack, Katsuwonus pelamis, and yellowfin, Thunnus albacares. However, because most of the bigeye caught are consumed fresh, whereas most of the skipjack and yellowfin caught are canned, the economic value of big eye exceeds that of any other species of tuna. Despite its importance, less is known of the biology of bigeye than of the biology of any of the other principal market species of tunas. Historically, bigeye have been harvested mostly by longlines, which take only medium to large fish. During recent years, however, greater amounts of small bigeye have been caught by purse seines and other surface gear. This is a matter of concern for several reasons. First, long line fishermen are concerned that the harvesting of small bigeye will decrease the amounts of medium to large bigeye available to them. Second, since small bigeye are canned, rather than eaten fresh, consumers are concerned about the possible decrease in the supply of high-quality fresh fish. Third, economists are concerned about the possible economic loss associated with harvesting fish at less than their maximum economic value. Fourth, biologists are concerned about the possibility that harvesting of small bigeye could decrease the overall catches of that species. These concerns cannot be properly addressed until more knowledge of the biology of big eye is available. The purposes of the meeting were to review and discuss the information available and to make recommendations for further research.

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Proceedings of the first world meeting on bigeye tuna
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Deriso, Richard B.
Bayliff, William H.
Webb, Nicholas J.
Series Name: Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission Special Report
Number: 9
Number of Pages: 292
Date: 1998
Publisher: Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission
Place of Publication: La Jolla, CA
Issuing Agency: Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission
Subjects: Fisheries
Item ID: 5761
Depositing User: Joan Parker
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2011 13:58
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 14:35
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/5761

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