Thursday, December 21, 2006

Pacific Fisheries Group Maintains Tuna Quotas

Pacific Fisheries Group Maintains Tuna Quotas - Media
JAPAN: December 18, 2006

TOKYO - An international group managing tuna stocks in the western and
central Pacific Ocean has ruled that quotas for bigeye tuna catches in 2007
and 2008 should be maintained, Japanese media reported on Sunday.

Last month, Japan was rocked by news that global quotas for Atlantic bluefin
tuna -- a prized, high-end sushi ingredient -- will be cut by nearly eight
percent next year. Japan, where fish is an import part of the diet, eats
more than half of the world's bluefin.
In a five-day annual meeting in Samoa, the Western and Central Pacific
Fisheries Commission said that member countries would uphold last year's
agreement that fishing quotas, mainly for bigeye tuna, should remain
unchanged in 2006-2008 from annual averages in 2001-2004, Kyodo news agency

About 30 countries and regions, including Japan, Fiji and the European
Commission, took part in the meeting.

Japan's annual average catch of bigeye tuna stood at 35,000 tons in the
western and central Pacific in 2001-2004, Kyodo said, adding that Japan
would be able to maintain that level over the next two years.

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