4 Dec 2007

Several Pacific countries start to limit number of tuna boats allowed in their waters

9:16 am on 4 December 2007

Several Pacific countries have started to limit the number of tuna boats allowed in their waters, in an effort to conserve the tuna fisheries of the region.

Papua New Guinea, Nauru and Solomon Islands are among eight countries taking part in what is known as the Vessel Days Scheme.

The scheme limits the number of Tuna boats to be allowed in the zones at any one time, as well as setting a maximum amount of fish each boat can harvest.

It comes into effect as delegates from about 40 countries met in Guam to assess conservation measures to ensure the future of tuna stocks in the western and central Pacific.