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Int’l panel starts talks on Japan-proposed tuna catch quota hikes

  • September 4, 2018
  • , Jiji Press , 4:14 p.m.
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An international panel kicked off a meeting in the southwestern Japan city of Fukuoka on Tuesday, chiefly to discuss whether to increase overall catch quotas for Pacific bluefin tuna as proposed by Japan.

The conference of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission’s Northern Committee, tasked with discussing Pacific bluefin tuna resources management, will run through Friday.

In early August, Japan proposed a 15 pct expansion in the quotas on the grounds of a moderate stock recovery, apparently with the aim of easing dissatisfaction among domestic fishermen working to curb catches of the popular fish for sushi.

But an official of Japan’s Fisheries Agency said, “Some member countries are cautious about expanding quotas during a recovery in stocks.”

In her opening remarks, Kim Jung-re, vice chair of the WCPFC, noted that there were signs of stock recovery as a result of conservation efforts.

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