Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis), the smallest of the commercial tuna species, form both free schools and schools associated with floating objects. Found mainly in the tropical areas of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, they are the principal species associated with FADs and are caught in conjunction with juvenile yellowfin and bigeye tunas.

SPECIES CHARACTERISTICS

Size (cm) Weight (kg) Age (yrs)
Common 40-80
Maximum 108 33 6-10
Maturity 43 1.6 1-1.5

GEOGRAPHIC LIMITS

  • 55-60o North and 45-50o South
  • The greatest abundance is seen in equatorial water

SPECIES MANAGEMENT

The following five Skipjack stocks are assessed and managed by the RFMOs:

  • Eastern Atlantic
  • Western Atlantic
  • Eastern Pacific
  • Western Pacific
  • Indian Ocean
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