- Certifier :
- Lloyds Register (Acoura)
- Certified status :
- Certified since :
- 28 Aug 2017
- Certificate expires :
- 16 Feb 2023
Skipjack tuna caught in the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) are part of a single Western and Central Pacific Ocean stock.
The purse seine method has been used in New Zealand waters to target skipjack since the 1970s. This fishery is predominantly located off the northern west and east coasts of the North Island, but some effort has also occurred off the South Island. Three companies land 95- 98% of the total catch in the EEZ and operate a total of five vessels.
The New Zealand fishery is seasonal and generally peaks from January to March. Catches of skipjack in New Zealand waters comprise approximately 0.5% of the Western Central Pacific Ocean catch.
From the 2006/07 to the 2011/12 fishing years, average annual catch was 11,326 tonnes. In recent years, there have been no bycatch species landed in amounts in excess of 1% of the total catch. Fish aggregation devices (FADs) are not used.
Skipjack Tuna (Katsuwonus Pelamis) image © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book