Skipjack Tuna, Western Atlantic Ocean, Purse Seine - unassociated
- Content last updated
- 20 August 2019
- Skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis), Western Atlantic Ocean
- International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)
- Stock Status
Very low risk
Western Atlantic Ocean skipjack tuna has been scored a low risk. This is because the current biomass is most likely above that needed to produce the maximum sustainable yield (BMSY) and fishing mortality rates are most likely below levels needed to produce the maximum sustainable yield (FMSY).
The management of the western Atlantic skipjack tuna is low risk. There are no management measures in place specific to skipjack. However, with the current stable levels of catch, and status of the stock exploited within safe biological limits (see stock status heading), the current management regime is considered to be adequate precautionary management. Skipjack are likely obtain some protection through measures in place for other tuna species.
The bycatch in the skipjack tuna western Atlantic purse seine unassociated fishery has been scored a moderate risk. This is because unassociated, or free school sets can incidentally capture other species including, billfish, elasmobranchs and sea turtles.
The habitat impact of the skipjack tuna western Atlantic Ocean purse seine fishery has been scored as no impact. This is because purse seines fish at the surface and do not come in contact with bottom habitats.