Pacific panel halves young bluefin harvest

Tokyo (AFP) – Countries and regions that fish in the northern Pacific agreed Thursday to cut by half the number of young bluefin tuna they catch in a bid to double the ocean’s stock over 10 years.
 
A four-day subcommittee meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) closed in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, where Tokyo’s proposal for a drastic reduction on the 2002-2004 average catch was agreed.
 
Participants, including South Korea, the United States, Canada, Taiwan and Japan — the world’s biggest consumer of tuna — are hoping the move will help to safeguard the at-risk species.
 
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