Hawaii's Pelagic Fisheries

Boggs , Christofer H. and Ito , Russell Y. (1993) Hawaii's Pelagic Fisheries. Marine Fisheries Review, 55(2), pp. 69-82.

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Hawaii's diverse pelagic fisheries supply the bulk of the State's total catch. The largest Hawaii fishery is the recently expanded longline fishery, which now lands about 4,400 metric tons (t) of broadbill swordfish, Xiphias gladius; 1,500 t of bigeye tuna, Thunnus obesus, and 3,000 t of other pelagic species annually. The increased catch of these other species has raised concerns regarding the continued availability of yellowfin tuna, T. albacares; blue marlin, Makaira mazara; and mahimahi, Coryphaena hippurus, in the small-vessel troll and handline fisheries which target those species. Analysis of catch per unit effort (CPUE) statistics from Hawaii's fisheries did not provide strong evidence of recent declines in availability related to local fishery expansion. A more influential factor was variation in Pacific-wide CPUE, representing overall population abundance and catchability. Exogenous factors, including Pacific-wide fishing pressure, may overwhelm the influence of local fishing pressure on fish availability.

Item Type: Article
Title: Hawaii's Pelagic Fisheries
Personal Creator/Author:
Boggs , Christofer H.
Ito , Russell Y.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 55
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 69-82
Date: 1993
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Fisheries
Item ID: 9875
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2012 20:39
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2012 20:39
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9875

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