12 Dec 2016

Tuna Commission meeting has limited success

From , 4:03 pm on 12 December 2016

The annual talk fest of the Pacific's tuna fishing authorities has ended with few gains.

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, or the Tuna Commission, which represent both island countries and the distant water fishing nations met through last week in Nadi in Fiji.

One critical win has been measures to improve safety for observers on fishing vessels but there was little progress on matters such as the decimated stocks of bluefin tuna.

WWF and a coalition of other NGOs had called for a complete moratorium on the fishery, which faces economic and ecological extinction at just 2.6% of its historic population level.  
Nothing was agreed but the Commission has directed its subsidiary Northern Committee to have a re-think.

Don Wiseman asked WWF's tuna expert, Bubba Cook, if this amounted to progress.

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Photo: Supplied/WWF