Albacore Tuna, South Pacific, Pelagic Longline

Thunnus alalunga
Content last updated
28 January 2020
Stock
Albacore tuna, South Pacific Ocean
Management
Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) and Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC)
Stock Status
2 of 5
Low risk
Management
2 of 5
Low risk
Bycatch
3 of 5
Moderate risk
Habitat
1 of 5
Very low risk

Stock status

2 of 5
Low risk

Albacore tuna in the South Pacific has been scored a low risk. The biomass of albacore tuna in the South Pacific has remained stable over the past 20 years. The biomass is considered to be healthy and fishing mortality rates are currently sustainable. 

Management

2 of 5
Low risk

The management of South Pacific albacore has been scored a low risk. Albacore in the South Pacific are managed by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (Eastern Pacific Ocean) and Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (Western and Central Pacific Ocean). There is a limit reference point for South Pacific albacore and interim target reference point but no harvest control rule. Few management measures specific to this species have been adopted. However, populations appear to be healthy at this time. So we have awarded a low risk score. 

Bycatch

3 of 5
Moderate risk

The bycatch in the albacore tuna pelagic longline fishery operating in the South Pacific Ocean has been scored a moderate risk. This is because longline fisheries operating in the South Pacific Ocean incidentally capture many other species, including sea birds, sea turtles and elasmobranchs.

Habitat

1 of 5
Very low risk

The habitat impact of the albacore tuna South Pacific Ocean pelagic longline fishery has been scored as no impact. This is because pelagic longline gears fish at the surface and do not come in contact with bottom habitats.