Tuna, Albacore (Bin’naga maguro) – Pacific (except Hawaii), Longline
Albacore Tuna are a migratory, schooling fish with a high reproductive rate. Albacore Tuna in the Pacific Ocean are at a healthy abundance and fishing levels 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, sharks and seabirds. In the Pacific, few international regulations have been implemented to protect tuna populations or to reduce impacts on non-target 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.