Resources for managing and conserving Pacific fisheries

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Tuna stocks

Looking after the fish supply

The countries of the WCPO work together to maintain healthy populations of tuna and other fish. Their management decisions are based on the latest science on fish numbers and changes in populations.

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.