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Data from the Mexican purse seiner fleet operating in the eastern Tropical Pacific, for the year 1985-1990, are used to show that the fraction of surface schools of yellowfin tuna Thunnus albacares associated with dolphins (Stenella attenuata and others) increases with sea surface temperature. Possible reasons for this correlation are briefly discussed.

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The island countries of the South Pacific have adopted a regional approach to the development and management of tuna resources, through 2 organizations based in the region - the Forum Fisheries Agency and the South Pacific Commission. Details are given of the Tuna and Billfish Assessment Programme, which involves tropical tunas and albacore.

An analysis was made of length frequency data for the spiny lobsters, Panulirus penicillatus and P. longipes, caught coral reefs in Tonga. The length data were used to estimate both growth and mortality parameters for populations taught around the main island, Tongatapu, and, the Ha'apai islands in the centre of the Tonga archipelago.

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