Other Experience with Industrial Fishing

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Other forms of fishing considered to be industrial in scale have occurred at various times in the Pacific Islands. Although large vessels have sometimes been used in this activity, the fact that much of it has taken place inside the reef stretches the working definition of "industrial fishing" used in this paper. This large-scale activity has included:

The above large-scale activities are largely based on fishery resources that cannot sustain the fishing pressure that industrial fishing usually entails. Such fishing operations have been sporadic at best, but are likely to re-appear periodically in the future due to market demand.

Perhaps the most important lesson learned in the history of industrial fishing activity in the Pacific Islands is that past sustainable operations have been mainly associated with the tuna resources. Similarly, most industrial-scale opportunities for the foreseeable future are likely to be related to tuna.

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