Number of fish:
The colored number inside each cluster indicates the number of fish caught.
< 50 fish caught

< 100 fish caught

< 500 fish caught

< 1000 fish caught

> 1000 fish caught
Type of sample:
The ring around each cluster gives the proportion for each sample type.
Mousing over the cluster gives the exact number of different samples.







Additional information on sampled fish can be obtained by clicking on the species icon.
Bigeye Bigeye
Skipjack Skipjack
Yellowfin Yellowfin
Albacore Albacore
Wahoo Wahoo
Mahi-Mahi Mahi-Mahi
Rainbow runner Rainbow runner Other Other species


  1. The WCPFC has established a tissue bank of biological samples collected from pelagic species in the WCPO for the purposes of life history studies to advance fisheries management in the WCPO. The bank contains otoliths, spines, gonads, liver, muscle, stomach and blood from tuna, billfish and other pelagic species.
  2. The purpose of this document is to specify the rules for scientific researchers to access these samples for the purpose of scientific study.
  3. Rules and Procedures

  4. Applications to access samples from the tissue bank must include:
    1. Applications should be addressed to the Executive Director, WCPFC Secretariat
    2. Project Name and Objectives
    3. WCPFC Scientific Committee Project Number or recommendation if these exist
    4. Specification of the samples to be withdrawn from the bank (number, type, species, any location/sex/date limits, etc.)
    5. The methods for processing and analyses
    6. Past contributions to the tissue bank by researcher or CCM
    7. Intended collaborations
    8. Timelines and intended outcomes and reporting

    Additional information may be requested from the researcher by the WCPFC Research Sub-Committee to assist with application approval.

  5. It will be a requirement of the researcher or CCM to provide an annual report to the Executive Director, WCPFC Secretariat. This must include documentation of raw and analysed results, however this does not imply a requirement for this data to be publicly available. When data can be made publicly available a report to WCPFC’s Scientific Committee is required on progress of the study. The reports must follow WCPFC standards and must include method description and meta data. All data will become publicly available 5 years after WCPFC Secretariat determines the project analyses are complete or at WCPFC’s discretion.
  6. The WCPFC Research Sub-Committee will give consideration to the sequencing of analyses such that those which involve the samples being destroyed or modified are undertaken last when approving applications. For example otolith weight and morphometric analyses may be prioritised before sectioning, which may be prioritised before chemical analyses.
  7. Where the analyses involves the preparation of secondary products such as sectioned otoliths and histological slides these products are to be provided to the WCPFC at the completion of the study for future comparative reference and study.
  8. Researchers or CCM’s must acknowledge the WCPFC tissue bank in any publication of results from the study undertaken.
  9. The selection and approval of projects will be determined by the WCPFC Research Sub-Committee. This committee may meet within the margins of WCPFC meetings or electronically. This sub-committee will prepare and submit a summary of their decision on each project proposal to the WCFPC Executive Director for final approval. The project approval process will consider, inter alia, the following:
    1. Preferential access to the tissue bank will be given to researchers or WCPFC CCM’s who have contributed samples to the collection.
    2. Preferential access to the tissue bank will be given to collaborative projects with priority to those where the collaboration includes several WCPFC CCMs.
    3. Priority will be given to request that are part of the WCPFC Scientific Committee’s research and work plan and those projects whose spatial scale is regional in preference to local.
    4. Past participation with those who acknowledge the source of the samples and provide interim products as required above given priority.
  10. Once approval for access to samples from the tissue bank has been provided by the WCPFC Research Sub-Committee the researcher/CCM will enter into a formal agreement with the Secretariat of the WCPFC that will specify access requirements, reporting and any data confidentiality that the WCPFC may require.
  11. A reasonable fee may be charged for the cost associated with preparing the samples for shipping and cost recovery for freight or transport agent fees and freight (loss and damage) insurance. An additional fee will be charged to applications from organizations who are not associated with WCPFC CCMs. This fee will be based on the full cost recovery of the collection of samples requested (estimated at USD10 per sample in 2015). The total amount of this second fee that is collected in each year will be used to offset WCPFC’s costs of running the tissue bank in the following year.