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Marine fisheries production, although stagnating over the last two decades, has been contributing 55% of global fish production. Increased awareness of fish as a unique nutrient-rich health food, as well as source of quality animal protein, has stimulated the demand for fish in general and marine fish in particular. Over the last two decades, the Asia-Pacific region witnessed a spurt in fishing effort, resulting in dwindling fish catches. Although species richness, high fecundity and varied spawning peaks helped tropical marine fisheries overcome the challenges of higher fishing pressure, high exploitation of commercially important groups has caused serious sustainability concern. Climate change will also likely have considerable impact on fisheries sustainability. For marine harvests to keep growing, mariculture must also receive increased emphasis. Accessing extensive and reliable information on these vast and dynamic oceanic resources remains a challenging task. In this endeavour, the Asian Fisheries Society’s efforts, with support of partners, through the formation of AsiaPacific-FishWatch has been exemplary in generating and disseminating a wealth of information on the region's marine resources. While this comprehensive information base has been helping in drawing up strategic management plans for responsible fisheries by different countries in this region, I sincerely wish that the AsiaPacific-FishWatch will expand its scope and horizon in coming years by associating with more stakeholders involved with the sector.

- Dr. J. K. Jena, President, Asian Fisheries Society

JKJ
AsiaPacific-FishWatch
Pacific bluefin tuna

Pacific bluefin tuna (1)

Friday, 24 February 2017 05:52

Pacific bluefin tuna

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This FAO image is for Thunnus thynnus (Atlantic bluefin tuna), a species that is difficult to distinguish from T. orientalis by external features alone.

 

This FAO image is for Thunnus thynnus (Atlantic bluefin tuna), a species that is difficult to distinguish from T. orientalis by external features alone (see BIOLOGY).

Scientific Name:
Thunnus orientalis

Authority:
Temminck & Schlegel 1844

Common Name:
Pacific bluefin tuna