Pacific tuna in danger; must reduce catch by 30%
ENDANGERED. Declining catch and looming total tuna fishing ban in some ares in the tuna-rich Western Pacific region could spell disaster to the Philippine tuna industry. Photo by Edwin Espejo
Conservation efforts in one of the world’s biggest sources of tuna may again subject fishing industries in Asia and the Pacific through short-term pain. At the ongoing 5-day Manila conference of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), experts said depleting tuna stocks must be addressed by reducing the 151,000 tonnes annual catch of the vulnerable bigeye species by 30%. Because tuna is a migratory species that moves from one country’s territory to another, cooperation is crucial to sustaining the resource.

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