ad it not been for its strategic geographical location and existence of other amenities needed by the fishingindustry, General Santos City could not have become South Cotabato¶s heart of commerce and trade. Boosted withthe signs of prosperity sprouting everywhere,´ business has never been better,´. With the advent of the operationof General Santos City Fish Port Complex, post-harvest technology equipment needed to prolong the shelf-life of tuna and other species of fish, are made available, thus playing a vital role for trading and other post harvestactivities.The proximity of the city to tuna-rich fishing grounds including the Moro gulf, Sulu Sea, Mindanao Sea andadjacent Celebes Sea which are known centers of tuna abundance, is great advantage. This location is evenpleased with fair weather zone which is not normally visited by devastating typhoons or seasonal adverse weatherpatterns. Another advantage is the availability of facilities like wharves, canneries and an airport. With thesecharacteristics, the city is truly an ideal base of operation for commercial tuna.The deep sea adult tuna fish catched by handline or longline ranges from 110 to 150 centimeters in size (Aprieto,1995).As early as 1970, General Santos City has been tagged as the ³Tuna Capital of the Philippines´. The total dailycatch of adult and juvenile tuna unloaded in the city can surpass that of any other fishport or even the entireunloadings of all other fish ports in the country combined (Aprieto, 1995). The daily catch is easily disposed forforeign and local buyers. The city, being the sanctuary of seven (7) tuna canning factories with an average dailycapacity of 750 MT per day and employs around 7,800 plant workers (GEM) the volume of catch on a per day basisis even insignificant as to the distribution of the market.As of September of the previous year alone, the total catch has reached a voluminous 5,031, 866 kilos where¶sashimi´ grade adult tuna comprises 35 % or about 1,774,922 kilos. The locally distributed adult tuna for localconsumption ate the largely 65% chunk and distributed to neighboring cities of Davao, Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro,Surigao, South Cotabato and as far Japan and the U.S., skipjack for canned markets in Europe and North America. Fishing BoatsThe commercial tuna fleet is usually composed of deep sea purse seine and ring net vessels. Purse seine boatsrange from 100 to 500 gross tons, with an average of about 250 gross tons. On the other hand, the municipal tunafisheries is consist of largely of deep sea tuna fisherman catching by handline or longline the adult tuna whichrange in size from 110 to 150 centimeters (Aprieto, 1995).