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, skipjack are the principal species associated with FADs and are caught in conjunction with juvenile yellowfin and bigeye tunas.

In: FAO Species Catalogue, Vol. 2. Scombrids of the World (1983). Courtesy of Fisheries and Aquaculture Department/Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.



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


  • 55-60° N and 45-50° S
  • The greatest abundance is seen in equatorial waters


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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