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Catch and harvest
Managing fishing methods
The countries of the WCPO regulate the methods used to catch tuna and other highly migratory oceanic fish so that populations can be kept at self-sustaining numbers.
Ecosystems and climate
Protecting the changing environment
Climate change is transforming the ocean environment and the behaviour of tuna and other animals. The countries of the WCPO use science to understand how to manage and protect the fisheries.
Capturing employment and revenue benefits
The 14 small island developing states (SIDS) in the WCPO drive economic growth from fisheries in their waters, to improve local livelihoods and increase employment.
Conserving marine diversity
Tuna fishing affects animals such as sharks, turtles, whales, dolphins, seabirds, and young tuna. The countries of the WCPO manage fishing practices to reduce how many of these animals are caught or injured.
Observers and compliance
Following the rules
Observers board vessels fishing for tuna in the WCPO and collect information about catches to ensure the rules are followed. Various surveillance methods support observers.