WASHINGTON (CN) - In an effort to curb overfishing of bluefin tuna, the National Marine Fisheries Service proposed new regulations that would set limits for commercial retention of those fish in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
The United States is a member of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, which requires limits on the number of tuna that can be retained by commercial fishing boats.
For the first time, in June, the NMFS adopted a resolution to establish commercial catch limits for Pacific bluefin tuna.
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