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Adaptive GovernanceThe Dynamics of Atlantic Fisheries Management$
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D. G. Webster

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262232708

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262232708.001.0001

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Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin Tuna

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(p.71) 4 Yellowfin Tuna
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Adaptive Governance
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D. G. Webster

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262232708.003.0004

This chapter focuses on some significant facts associated with international Yellowfin tuna fishing. The fishing process is similar to that of Bigeye tuna; the only difference is that longline fleets target adult Yellowfin tunas while surface fleets target younger fishes along with other tuna breeds. The Atlantic Yellowfin tuna is a more productive stock than Bigeye tuna, resulting in less competition and lower price, and is an important and valuable fishing stock due to its favorable position in terms of volume and price compared with Bigeye and Skipjack tuna species. Another aspect of Yellowfin tuna fishing is that moderately vulnerable countries will block or oppose management measures to protect respective domestic harvests and have unrestricted access to the stock.

Keywords:   longline fleets, Yellowfin tuna, Bigeye tuna, surface fleets, Skipjack tuna

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