International scientific committee calls for cutting bluefin tuna catch

Global Post
6 August, 2013

An international scientific committee on tuna stocks has compiled a report calling for a cut in the Pacific bluefin tuna catch and other measures to improve stocks, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.

It is the first time that the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean has called for a cut in the Pacific bluefin tuna catch.

The report will be used by Japan and other countries to decide on specific measures by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission within this year.

The WCPFC is expected to introduce tough regulations that would greatly affect Japan, which accounted for 75 percent of the Pacific bluefin tuna catch in 2011.

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