Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 775–810 | Cite as

Review of albacore tuna, Thunnus alalunga, biology, fisheries and management

  • Natacha Nikolic
  • Gilles Morandeau
  • Ludovic Hoarau
  • Wendy West
  • Haritz Arrizabalaga
  • Simon Hoyle
  • Simon J. Nicol
  • Jérôme Bourjea
  • Alexis Puech
  • Jessica H. Farley
  • Ashley J. Williams
  • Alain Fonteneau
Reviews

Abstract

Albacore is one of the most important commercially harvested species in the world’s oceans. Despite a long history of scientific research, there is no global review or synthesis of knowledge about the species across all oceanic regions. We analysed 613 published studies that report on albacore and summarize the current state of knowledge on biology, stock structure, fisheries and management. To describe the trends in albacore fisheries, we examined the catch and effort databases of Regional Fisheries Management Organisations. The stocks of albacore are generally largest in the Pacific Ocean and smallest in the Mediterranean Sea. The biology of Atlantic and Pacific Ocean stocks are well documented, while the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea stocks are more data deficient. These two latter areas should be considered as priorities for future research and data collection in order to better understand the state of global stocks of albacore tuna. Improved information would also assist with delineating stock boundaries needed for sustainable management of this species.

Keywords

Albacore Tuna Thunnus alalunga Biology Fishery 

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    • 1
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    • 7
    • 8
    • 9
  • Jérôme Bourjea
    • 1
    • 9
  • Alexis Puech
    • 1
    • 9
  • Jessica H. Farley
    • 9
    • 10
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    • 7
    • 9
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  5. 5.AZTIPasaiaSpain
  6. 6.NelsonNew Zealand
  7. 7.Oceanic Fisheries ProgrammeSecretariat of the Pacific CommunityNouméaNew Caledonia
  8. 8.Institute for Applied EcologyUniversity of CanberraBruceAustralia
  9. 9.CSIRO Oceans and AtmosphereHobartAustralia
  10. 10.Australian Government Department of AgricultureCanberraAustralia

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