The Development and Decline of Hawaii's Skipjack Tuna Fishery

Boggs , Christofer H. and Kikkawa, Bert S. (1993) The Development and Decline of Hawaii's Skipjack Tuna Fishery. Marine Fisheries Review, 55(2), pp. 61-68.

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The pole-and-line fishery for skipjack tuna, Katsuwonus pelamis, was the largest commercial fishery in Hawaii until its decline in the 1970's and 1980's. The development and decline of the fishery were strongly affected by fish availability and marketing. A sustained drop in the availability of large fish in the mid-1970's appears to have been due in part to a sustained environmental change. Availability of large fish subsequently increased, but the fishery continued its decline owing to low profitability and lack of markets. The tuna cannery in Honolulu that fostered the fishery's expansion in the 1930's closed in 1984. Unless efforts to increase the marketf or skipjack tuna become effective, landings will probably remain at current levels of about 1,000 metric tons per year. The existing pole-and-line fleet may continue to decline with age, and the local market may eventually be supplied by other fishing methods (e.g., trolling), by new vessels, or by imports.

Item Type: Article
Title: The Development and Decline of Hawaii's Skipjack Tuna Fishery
Personal Creator/Author:
Boggs , Christofer H.
Kikkawa, Bert S.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 55
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 61-68
Date: 1993
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Fisheries
Item ID: 9874
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2012 20:40
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2012 20:40

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