Certifier : 
SCS Global Services
Certified status : 
Certified with component(s) in assessment
Certified since : 
12 Jul 2016
Certificate expires : 
11 Jul 2021

About

This fishery is run by international producer Tri Marine, whose eight vessels in the area target skipjack and yellowfin tuna.

Skipjack are a highly productive tuna exhibiting great variability in life history characteristics. They grow up to a metre in length, and gather in surface shoals of up to 50,000 individuals. They reproduce at a greater rate than other species of tuna, and are responsible for more than half the world tuna harvest.

Yellowfin are fast-moving and wide-ranging pelagic predators. They spend the majority of time in the top 100m, but make occasional deep dives to much greater depths. They are one of the larger species, reaching weights above 180kg, but often mix with other tuna. Schools of small yellowfin and skipjack are common.

In 2013 purse seiners in this fishery produced 14,203 tonnes of skipjack and 10,446 tonnes of yellowfin; while pole and line accounted for 1,389 tonnes of skipjack and 277 tonnes of yellowfin.

Skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) image © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book