Watch out for Tagged Tunas!
The Pacific Tuna Tagging Program is a core task of the Pacific Community Oceanic Fisheries Programme. Its objectives are to obtain data that will contribute to and reduce uncertainty in the WCPO tuna stock assessments, including estimation of overall and local exploitation rates, extent of mixing and appropriate spatial strata for use in assessments; and to obtain information to better understand interactions between tropical tuna species and major fishing gears to support development of mitigation measures (where appropriate) and better interpret fisheries data.
The collection of reliable and high quality information about recovered tags from the PTTP is critically important to maximise the use of this data in stock assessments and tuna fisheries management.
For Fisheries Observers deployed this FAD Fishing Closure please look out for tagged fish and collect information needed using the SPC Tag Recovery Form.