Highly migratory large pelagic
Species in this group include yellowfin tuna (Thunnus alalunga), skipjack tuna (Katsuwomis pelamis), other tunas, various billfish such as blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) and pelagic sharks. Fisheries within the LAPE have traditionally depended on trolling and small-scale longlining. Recently the regional fisheries have been expanding into industrial-scale longlining as greater emphasis has been placed on pelagic fisheries.
Many of the Caribbean pelagic fisheries target stocks that are not confined to the EEZs of the Lesser Antilles islands. Some of these stocks are distributed widely throughout the Caribbean Sea while others are distributed over the Atlantic Ocean. In many cases only a portion of the stock will inhabit the LAPE area, for only a part of the time. Most of these stocks fall under the requirements of the UN Fish Stocks Agreement for shared, highly migratory, or straddling stocks, and therefore some form of international cooperation is required for their management.
Because the stock boundaries of these species extend far outside the LAPE area they are, in most cases, subject to important fisheries outside the LAPE.