In pole-and-line fishing, tuna are caught one-by-one using a hook attached to a line and pole.

Pole-and-line fisheries operate around the world, and can be technologically advanced commercial operations or more artisanal in nature. The major pole-and-line producers are Japan (100,000 tons annually), Indonesia (90,000 tons) and the Maldives (76,000 tons).

Key Statistics

  • About 8% – Percentage of total global tuna catch attributed to pole-and-line fishing
  • Between 100,000 and 150,000 – Number of tons of pole-and line-caught skipjack and yellowfin on the international market annually


Pole-and-line fishing reduces bycatch of sharks, turtles and other larger marine animals.

Fuel Efficiency

According to an ISSF-commissioned study, the pole-and-line method consumes 1,485 liters of fuel to land one ton of tuna.


Pole-and-Line Skippers Guide

On our ISSF Guidebooks site, we offer a skippers guide in PDF format for pole-and-line fishers produced in collaboration with the International Pole and Line Foundation.

The guide covers target tuna species, fishing operations, catch handling, and baitfish/live bait.