Pacific Islands Oceanic Fisheries Management Project celebrates World Biodiversity Day with the launch of tuna species factsheets

Ever wondered what tuna is found in your country? How long tuna lives? What tuna is overfished and what tuna is sustainable? What other species are caught with tuna?

These questions and more are answered in a set of factsheets produced by the UNDP/GEF-funded Pacific Islands Oceanic Fisheries Management Project.

Written for non-governmental organisations and fishing industry association as well as high schools, universities, government department staff, media and others interested in fishing issues, the Tuna Species Factsheets are presented with photos, diagrams and easy-to-read explanations of the facts about the four species of tuna common in the Pacific Islands and how the region controls bycatch.

Factsheets are freely available and downloadable on

Fisheries Policy Officer from WWF South Pacific Programme, Seremaia Tuqiri, said: “The business of tuna management and conservation is everyone’s business because the benefits earned from this industry are felt right down to the community level. And it starts with knowing about the main tuna species that exist in our Pacific Island waters, and how they are coping with the current fishing pressure.”

Pacific Islands Oceanic Fisheries Management Project Coordinator, Barbara Hanchard said: “The Oceanic Fisheries Management Project is pleased to launch these factsheets to help everyone understand more about our tuna and other important species. Anyone interested in the factsheets are invited to please contact us for copies or download them from our website.”

The Oceanic Fisheries Management Project provides resources from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), to governments in the Pacific Islands to strengthen management of their oceanic fisheries.