Rise in bluefin tuna quota expected

TOKYO — Fishing quotas for bluefin tuna allocated to Japan and other nations in the eastern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea will likely be expanded by a total of about 10,000 tons annually next year and beyond, based on a consensus reached at an intergovernmental tuna conservation panel.

The increase reflects a recovery in the amount of such fishery resources in recent years, according to observers.

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) is set to release a report within the week detailing the agreement reached by its science panel over the growth in the bluefin tuna catch, according to sources. Fishing quotas in the eastern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea stand at 13,400 tons in 2014.

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