Tuna, Albacore (Bin’naga maguro) – Hawaii, Longline
Albacore Tuna are a migratory, schooling fish with a high reproductive rate. In the Pacific, the abundance of Albacore Tuna is high and fishing levels on this species are sustainable.
Longlines are the most common method used to catch Albacore Tuna. They result in large quantities of bycatch, including threatened or endangered species such as sea turtles, whales, and sharks. In the U.S. Hawaii fishery however, several management regulations are in place to reduce impacts on bycatch species.
When fishing for tuna, longlines do not typically contact bottom habitats. However, because these fisheries catch several top-predator species, there is some concern that these fisheries may affect ocean food webs and ecosystems.