|Scientific management of the world stocks of tunas, billfishes, and related species|
Joseph, J. (1973). Scientific management of the world stocks of tunas, billfishes, and related species. J. Fish. Res. Bd. Can. 30(12): 2471-2482
In: Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada. The Fisheries Research Board of Canada: Toronto. ISSN 0015-296x, more
The author reviews past experience in tuna research and management, and proposes guidelines for the future. The resources discussed include 3 major groups: the 6 principal market species of tunas, which are heavily exploited; the billfishes, which are in most cases heavily exploited; and the secondary market species of smaller tuna and tuna-like fishes, which are generally under-exploited. A brief review of their nomenclature, biology, and fisheries is given, followed by comments on the condition of the stocks. A discussion of institutional arrangements for the scientific study and management of tuna resources is presented, and such arrangements are examined in the light of problems which might be unique to tuna and tuna-like fishes. These special problems and ways in which they might be handled are considered.