In pole-and-line fishing, tuna are caught one-by-one using a hook attached to a line and pole. Pole-and-line fisheries operate around the world, and can be technologically advanced commercial operations or more artisanal in nature.

The major pole-and-line producers are Japan (100,000 tons annually), Indonesia (90,000 tons) and the Maldives (76,000 tons).


  • Roughly 8% – Percentage of total global tuna catch attributed to pole and line fishing
  • Between 100,000 and 150,000 – Number of tons of pole and line-caught skipjack and yellowfin on the international market annually.


Pole and line fishing reduces bycatch of sharks, turtles and other larger marine animals.


According to an ISSF-commissioned study, the pole and line method consumes 1,485 liters of fuel to land one ton of tuna.

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