Tokyo, Dec. 7 (Jiji Press)–Countries have reached a final agreement to raise the catch quota of large bluefin tuna in the western and central Pacific weighing at least 30 kilograms by 15 pct in 2022 from the previous year, Japan’s Fisheries Agency said Tuesday.
This marks the first expansion of the bluefin tuna catch quota in the western and central Pacific since the current fishing restrictions were introduced in 2015.
The agreement means that Japan’s catch quota will grow by 732 tons to 5,614 tons, an expansion expected to increase tuna supply and lower prices in the country.
The agreement was reached at an annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission that was held online from Wednesday.
Japan’s request for a quota expansion had been rejected for the past three years due mainly to opposition from the United States, which claimed that the amount of tuna stocks remains low.