In connection with coastal fishing in the Pacific Ocean for juvenile bluefin tuna (weighing less than 30 kilograms), the Fisheries Agency on May 30 announced provisional catch quotas for each prefecture for the nine-month fishing season starting in July. Hokkaido and Kagoshima prefectures have practically a zero-catch quota after being subtracted the amount of catch that exceeded the limit in the current period. The joint control system for fixed net fishing will be abolished to tighten control on each prefecture. Okinawa was allocated a catch quota of 0.1 ton.
Hokkaido will have a catch quota of 8.3 tons and Kagoshima 2.0 tons in the next fishing season, a substantial decrease of about 112 tons and some 8 tons from the current season, respectively.
The catch quotas remain low since bluefin tuna could accidentally be caught even though fishermen try to catch different types of fish. (Abridged)