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Only 0.5% of Japan’s catch quota for juvenile bluefin tuna remains

  • May 17, 2018
  • , Mainichi , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

On May 16, the Fisheries Agency announced that the domestic catch of juvenile Pacific bluefin tuna (under 30 kilograms) for this season was 3,407.5 tons as of May 15. Catch of this tuna is restricted under international rules. Catch from coastal fishing increased by 12.5 tons from April 13. Some 99.5% of Japan’s catch quota for this season (3,423.5 tons) has been used up, and only 16 tons remain.

 

According to the Fisheries Agency, the increase from last month is mostly due to revisions made to catch reports. Coastal fishery operators throughout the nation have been asked to refrain from catching juvenile Pacific bluefin tuna, and about 0.5 tons have been caught in the past month, reportedly.

 

Catch of juvenile bluefin tuna usually increases from May. About 1.5 months remain in the current season, which closes at the end of June. All eyes are on whether catch volumes can be curbed, including accidental catch where bluefin tuna are caught in operations to catch other fish.

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