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|Title: ||The Status of Réunion Island (France) - Based Tuna Fisheries in the Indian Ocean|
|Authors: ||Poisson, F.|
|ASFA Terms: ||Tuna fisheries|
|Issue Date: ||1998|
|Citation: ||7th Expert Consultation on Indian Ocean Tunas, Victoria, Seychelles, 9-14 Nov., 1998. 7 p.|
|Abstract: ||The Réunion fishery has experienced rapid growth and development in all segments (artisan fishery, Antarctic deep sea
fishery, longline fishery) for the last five years, in marked contrast to the situation experienced by the huge majority of other
European Union fishing communities.
The longlining sector, which began five years ago, has shown the most rapid of development. Longlining has, since 1996, not
only equalled but overtaken the artisan fishery, with more than 2,300 t production in 1997 and an active fleet of 21 vessels
which range from 9 to 33 m long. This fishery targets swordfish (Xiphias gladius) mainly throughout the year, from the
equator to 32oS, using deep freeze conservation techniques.
The artisanal segment has also shown a rapid extension due to the development of FAD-associated techniques. In the Réunion
Island coastal waters (up to 15 miles), there are now more than 30 FADs, exploited by local fishermen from small fishing units
with troll and drifting hand lines for scale on the local market.|
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