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PIFSC report on the logbook program for the American Samoa longline fishery, October-December 2013
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    "The American Samoa longline fishery continues to experience extremely challenging conditions. Catch of its primary target species, albacore tuna remains at a record low level, in comparison with long term averages. In the 4th quarter, catches of most other marketable species also continued to be lower during 2013 than during 2014, as was the case in the earlier quarters of 2013. Increasing catches of low volume-higher-priced species, such as mahimahi and yellowfin tuna, may indicate a gradual adaptation of the fishery to target species that can be sold to local fresh fish markets where these species are preferred, and where higher prices are available than at the cannery. A summary of the fishery's catch and effort statistics for the fourth quarter of 2013, based on date of haul, 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 February 19, 2013. Table 1 reflects data from an estimated 100% of sets made during this quarter"--Page 1. [doi:10.7289/V5W66HS1 (http://dx.doi.org/10.7289/V5W66HS1)]
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