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PIFSC report on the logbook program for the American Samoa longline fishery, July-September 2013
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    "The American Samoa longline fishery continues to experience challenging conditions. Catch of its primary target species, albacore tuna, has remained at a fairly low level in comparison with long term averages. Catches for many other marketable species have also remained relatively low during the third quarter of 2013, as they were throughout the previous year. However, increasing catches of low-volume, higher-priced species, such as mahimahi, wahoo and yellowfin tuna, may indicate an effort by the fishery totarget these fish in order to sell them in higher value local fresh-fish markets rather than to the cannery in Pago Pago. A summary of the fishery's catch and effort statistics for the third quarter of 2013, based on date ofhaul, is provided in Table 1. This table was derived from all logbook data submitted to the American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources by January 7th, 2014, which reflects more than 99% of sets made during the quarter"--Page 1. [doi:10.7289/V51Z42CB (http://dx.doi.org/10.7289/V51Z42CB)]
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