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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Pacific Islands urge rigorous tuna fishing measures

Following negotiations  in Guam last month, Pacific island nations and conservation groups were unable to convince all members of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) to enact more rigorous measures to protect the tuna supply.
According to SciDev.Net (the Science and Development Network), these countries, with the support of Australia, were not able to reach a deal with the United States, European Union, China and Japan about prospective measures to conserve big-eye tuna stocks and protect other species.
WCPFC's Scientific Committee has repeatedly warned of the overfishing of big-eye tuna, which is 80% depleted.  Likewise, yellowfin tuna is being fished to the limit of sustainability, and skipjack -- the variety commonly used in cans -- needs to be watched closely.

Source: SciDev