This technical report authored by our STAC member Bob Gillet, analyses the current status of 22 significant pole-and-line tuna fisheries using regional fisheries management organisation statistics, published reports, discussions with national tuna specialists, and informal documentation. Examining each fishery individually, the report finds that most of the world’s pole-and-line tuna is caught in Japan, Indonesia and Maldives, but that there are notable contributions from countries like Brazil and Senegal, with these fisheries showing stable and, in the case of Senegal, increased production.
This document should be cited as: Gillett R, (2015). Pole-and-line Tuna Fishing in the World: Status and Trends. IPNLF Technical Report No.6. International Pole & Line Foundation, London. 17 Pages.