Govt plans to limit Pacific bluefin tuna catch
Friday, August 29, 2014, 04:40 (GMT + 9)
The Japanese Government intends to reduce the catch of immature Pacific bluefin tuna and prevent overfishing of the high-priced fish by implementing common regulations internationally, out of criteria currently adopted independently by Japan.
Last year, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), including Japan, the United States and South Korea among its members, agreed to cut each nation’s 2014 haul of immature fish by at least 15 per cent from the 2002-04 average. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) claims that, without more significant cuts, bluefin tuna runs the risk of disappearing from the Pacific Ocean, The Yomiuri Shimbun reported.
In the case of Japan, the Government is to limit the haul of immature fish to 4,007 tonnes, starting next year. Specifically, this limit is to be split into a 2,000-to... FULL STORY