Highly migratory species

A tuna leaps out of the ocean

Highly migratory species

“Highly migratory species” include tuna, some shark species, and billfish—species that range widely through the ocean, often crossing international borders. These pelagic species live in the water of the open ocean, although they may spend part of their life cycle in nearshore waters.

Highly migratory species are harvested by U.S. commercial and recreational fishers and by foreign fishing fleets. Only a small fraction of the total harvest is taken within U.S. waters.

Upcoming Council Meeting

Nov 13–20, 2020

Webinar

This meeting will be conducted online only. Online meeting participation details will be posted as they become available.

Events

A man stands on a boat deck surrounded by tuna.

Contacts

Kit Dahl
503-820-2422
kit.dahl@noaa.gov

Photo courtesy of Oriana Poindexter