Marlin, Striped – Imported Pacific, Longline
Striped Marlin is an open ocean species found throughout much of the world’s temperate and tropical oceans. Striped Marlin in the Northwestern Pacific are being fished faster than the population can reproduce and the species has dramatically declined. Striped Marlin in the Southwest Pacific are also potentially approaching an overfished state.
This species is primarily captured with pelagic longlines, which cause minimal damage to ocean habitats, but result in bycatch of sea turtles, seabirds, and sharks. Additionally, the fisheries that catch striped marlin in the North Pacific also catch Pacific bluefin tuna, a species of critical conservation concern. Management of the international fisheries that capture Striped Marlin in the Pacific is considered ineffective.