Resources on the economics of tuna fishing in the WCPO

You can find news stories, popular articles, opinion pieces and blog posts on the economics of the WCPO tuna fisheries on the Economics news and views page.

Fact sheets

Tuna fisheries and processing are essential to Pacific economies. Photo: Francisco Blaha.

Technical papers

Posters and videos

  • Purse seine fishing, a video introduction to what is involved and how fishing is done, produced by Pasifika Communications for Pacific Community, 2012 [19 mins]

FSM’s Eugene Pangelinan talks about the economic importance of tuna at an OFMP2 forum. He mentions several factors, such as chain of custody, and traceability, that need to become embedded so that fisheries businesses are viable (1.42 mins).

John Maefiti from the Pacific Island Tuna Industry Association (PITIA) talks at an OFMP2 forum about the importance of the domestic tuna fisheries in Pacific Island economies. He also mentions the biggest threat to these economies: some distant fishing nations sending too many fishing vessels to the region (1.09 mins).

Pacifical is a brand of tuna marketed by PNA countries. Here, they talk about their approach to environmentally and socially sustainable tuna (4.55 mins).

The Marshall Islands Journal showcases fresh tuna processing in Majuro in 2017 (2.31 mins).