Collection Overview  
This database contains, for the principal market tuna species, nominal catches by fishing gear, species, stock, fishing country and year from 1950 to 2010.

Tuna and tuna-like species are very important economically and a significant source of food. They include approximately forty species occurring in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans and in the Mediterranean Sea. Their global production has tended to increase continuously from less than 0.6 million tonnes in 1950 to above 6 million tonnes today.

The so-called principal market tuna species are the most important among the tuna and tuna-like species from the catch weight and economical view points. They are landed in numerous locations around the world, traded on the nearly global scale and also processed and consumed in many locations worldwide. In 2010, their catch was approximately four million tonnes, which represents about 66% of the total catch of all tuna and tuna-like species. Most catches of the principal market tuna species are taken from the Pacific (70.5% of the total catch of principal market tuna species in 2008), with the Indian contributing much more (19.5% in 2010) than the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea (10.0% in 2010).

Approximate contributions of individual principal market tuna species to their 2010 total catch is given below.
Principal market tunas
Albacore (ALB) 5.9%
Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT)less than 1%
Bigeye tuna (BET)8.2%
Pacific bluefin tuna (PBF)less than 1%
Southern bluefin tuna (SBF) less than 1%
Skipjack tuna (SKJ) 58.1%
Yellowfin tuna (YFT) 26.8%
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2010 is the last year for which tuna fishery provided data on nominal tuna catches by fishing gear, species, stock, country and year.
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