Current HMS SAFE Report: Pacific-Wide Catch, 2008-2017

The data used in the graphs and summaries below use Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) public domain data, Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Tuna Fishery Yearbook annual catch estimates, and International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean (ISC) annual catch tables.

Eastern Pacific Ocean Landings (IATTC Data)

Landings by Country

The plot below shows average annual landings by country for all species recorded in IATTC data.

The Other category includes French Polynesia, Vanuatu, Chile, Canada, Belize, and Guatemala, each of which has landings less than 1% of the total, and others not specified in the source data.

Landings by Species

During 2008-2017 Albacore accounted for 5.9% of total landings, Bigeye tuna for 15.1%, Skipjack tuna for 42.8%, and Yellowfin tuna for 36.3%.

Landings by Gear

The Other category includes Recreational , Pole-and-line, Gillnet, Harpoon and others not specified in the source data.

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Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPFC Data)

Landings by Country

PNG: Papua New Guinea, FSM: Federated States of Micronesia; the Other category includes New Zealand, Fiji, Ecuador, El Salvador, Tuvalu, French Polynesia, Australia, Cook Islands, New Caledonia, Samoa, Tonga, Eastern Pacific US Purse Seine Fleet, Palau, Belize, Tokelau, Niue, Canada, and Senegal, each of which has landings less than 1% of the total.

Landings by Species

DUring the 2008- 2017 period, Albacore acounted for 4.7% of total landings, Bigeye tuna acounted for 5.8%, Skipjack tuna acounted for 67.0%, and Yellowfin tuna acounted for 22.6%.

Landings by Gear

*Small-scale hook-and-line (Philippines and Indonesia). The Other category from source data.

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North Pacific (ISC Data)

The ISC provides member country catch data for the species it assesses. Of these, landings of North Pacific albacore, Pacific bluefin tuna, and swordfish are summarized here. (The other assessed species are blue and short-fin mako sharks, and striped and blue marlins.)

Landings by Country

Japan accounts for the largest proportion of these three species landings, 65.8%, averaging 62,504 metric tons annually during the 2008-2017 period. U.S.landings averaged 14,967 metric tons or 15.8% of total landings.

Landings by Species

As depicted below, landings of albacore, Pacific bluefin, and swordfish have declined over this 10-year period. The decline in Pacific bluefin landings may be partially attributable to the implemention of a stock rebuilding plan by the WCPFC, which established catch limits. However, catches have fluctuated since the low observed in 2013.

Albacore Landings by Gear Type

The gear types depicted below are the three top ranked in terms of landings and accounted for 95.2% of total albacore landings.

Pacific Bluefin Tuna Landings by Gear Type

The gear types depicted below are the three top ranked in terms of landings and accounted for 86.9% of total Pacific bluefin landings. Setnet landings increased markedly in 2017. Setnet is a passive gear so this may reflect increasing stock abundance.

Swordfish Landings by Gear Type

The gear types depicted below are the three top ranked in terms of landings and accounted for 97.3% of total swordfish landings.

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