Pelagic Fishes of Hawaii poster

Tuna fisheries in the Pacific Ocean as a whole catch about 2.7 million mt of fish, with US fisheries catching about 5 percent of the total. Most of the catch is taken by fleets of high seas longliners and purse seiners from countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Korea and the nations of Central and South America. More recently, Pacific Island countries such as Papua New Guinea have grown in importance in terms of their large scale purse-seine and longline fisheries. Small scale artisanal longlining is also conducted in Pacific Island countries like Samoa and in South America, where there are thousands of small scale longline vessels fishing in coastal waters.

The largest US pelagic fisheries in terms of tonnage of fish landed is the US purse-seine fishery, with catches of tuna amounting to about 90, 000 mt. The US fleet of albacore trollers, based at West Coast ports, amounts to about 400 vessels, fishing primarily in the North Pacific and landing about 12, 000 to 14, 000 mt. Some vessels from this fleet also fish seasonally for albacore in the South Pacific, catching up to 1, 500 mt.

Of all fisheries managed under the Pacific Pelagic Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP), the Hawaii-based longline fishery is the largest accounting for the majority of Hawaii’s commercial pelagic landings. Western Pacific Region (, , , and US Pacific remote island area). The definition of recreational fishing, however, continues to be problematic in a region where many fishermen who are fishing primarily for non-commercial purposes may sell their fish to cover their expenses.

American Samoa

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The harvest of pelagic fish has been a part of the way of life in the Samoan archipelago since the islands were first settled some 3, 500 years ago. Subsistence fishing continues to the present, but the importance of pelagic fisheries as a source of income and employment is increasing. Modes of pelagic fishing in American Samoa include:

Small-scale longline: Most participants in the small-scale domestic longline fishery are indigenous American Samoans with vessels under 50 ft in length, most of which are alia boats under 40 ft in length. The stimulus for American Samoa’s commercial fishermen to shift from troll or handline gear to longline gear in the mid-1990s was the fishing success of 28′ alia catamarans that engaged in longline fishing in the EEZ around Independent Samoa. Following this example, the fishermen in American Samoa deploy a short monofilament longline, with an average of 350 hooks per set, from a hand-powered reel. An estimated 90 percent of the crews working in the American Samoa small-scale alia longline fleet are believed to be from Independent Samoa. The predominant catch is albacore tuna, which is marketed to the local tuna canneries.


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2003-03-05 09:26:48 by fishisfine

Most of the sport fish caught are pelagic fish and do not live year round in sf bay. its not harmful to eat them. not many salmon are caught in the actual bay like someone said earlier and they are perfectly fine to eat anyways.
its the scrapper fish like croackers and other smaller fish that ingest the shit off the bottom which are harmful. though bigger fish do eat them and the chain is lengthened..it is still such a small trace amount and unless your some person who fishes everyday for dinner which i dought. (not many of those families can afford an internet sevice)
you wont get sick


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