Tokyo, Jan. 23 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Fisheries Agency urged domestic fishers Tuesday to refrain from catching small Pacific bluefin tuna weighing less than 30 kilograms until the end of June.
The agency thinks it necessary to stop small tuna catches so Japan will not exceed the 3,424-ton quota allocated to the country for this season, officials said.
Pacific bluefin tuna fishing is managed based on international rules amid concerns over the depletion of stocks.
As of January, Japanese fishers had harvested 3,201 tons of small bluefin tuna, or 93 pct of the quota.
According to the agency, the figure chiefly reflected massive catches by some fishery operators in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.