Pacific tuna industry calls for action on bigeye decline

More than 60 per cent of the world’s tuna is caught in the Pacific, much of it by powerful distant water fishing nations from Asia, Europe and North America.

Mr Tupou says PITIA is prepared to make sacrifices and Pacific countries and distant water fishing nations should too.

The Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association (PITIA) says nations of the region must act urgently if a crash in the valuable stocks is to be avoided.

Scientists meeting at the region’s tuna management body, the Central and Western Pacific Fisheries Commission, have heard bigeye tuna stocks are down to just 16 per of the original population.

The key factor driving the latest falls in the stocks is big purse seine fishing boats operated by the powerful distant water fishing nations including China, Taiwan, and the United States.

“I think the key is for both parties, both the (Pacific Islands) Forum Fisheries Agency countries as well as the distant water fishing nations to make the necessary sacrifices that we need to make room for conservation.

“Yes, the fleet is majority from the distant water fishing nations, but the licensing authorities for fishing in our zones lie within the Pacific countries.

Read more here: ABC

    

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