8 Dec 2004

Agreement reached on terms of a new Tuna Commission

8:37 am on 8 December 2004

Pacific countries and fishing nations throughout Asia and the U.S. have agreed on terms that will govern the launch of the region's first fisheries agency to manage tuna fishing.

At a meeting in Pohnpei on Tuesday, 29 countries approved a series of recommendations for the operation of a new Tuna Commission.

These included the procedures for registering fishing vessels to legally fish in the Pacific, mandatory identification markings, and how the commission will be funded.

Those recommendations will be put to the commission at its inaugural meeting on Thursday.