The 1996 U.S. Purse Seine Fishery for Tropical Tunas in the Central-Western Pacific Ocean

Coan, Jr. , Atilio L. and Sakagawa, Gary T. and Prescott, Doug and Yamasaki, Gordon (1997) The 1996 U.S. Purse Seine Fishery for Tropical Tunas in the Central-Western Pacific Ocean. Marine Fisheries Review, 59(3), pp. 34-40.

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Abstract

The U.S. tropical tuna purse seine fleet has fished the central-western Pacific Ocean under the South Pacific Tuna Treaty since 1988. The 1996 fishery was the poorest since the start ofthe Treaty. Fishing effort declined due to the financial collapse of a large fishing enterprise. Catches reached record lows for yellowfin tuna, Thunnus albacares, and skipjack tuna, Katsuwonus pelamis, and continued a declining trend that started in 1995. Catch rates also decreased to the lowest levels since 1991. Whether this declining trend in catch rates is due to reduced availability of fish caused by cyclic ocean environmental changes affecting vulnerability or to reduced abundance from excessive fishing pressure is not yet known and needs to be assessed.

Item Type: Article
Title: The 1996 U.S. Purse Seine Fishery for Tropical Tunas in the Central-Western Pacific Ocean
Personal Creator/Author:
CreatorsEmail
Coan, Jr. , Atilio L.
Sakagawa, Gary T.
Prescott, Doug
Yamasaki, Gordon
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 59
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 34-40
Date: 1997
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Fisheries
Management
Item ID: 9818
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2012 14:25
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2012 14:25
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9818

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