8 Dec 2008

South Korean delegate at Tuna commission meeting encourages consensus

8:06 pm on 8 December 2008

The head of the South Korean delegation at the meeting of the Tuna Commission in South Korea has said agreements need to be reached to make sure the credibility of the organisation is not diminished through lack of action.

Ha Young-Hyo says the fishing nations and coastal states have similar positions to last year, but must reach consensus through further discussions.

Mr Ha says there would still need to be a balance between conservation and utilisation of the stocks

"I think government delegations should consider, all of the members here will consider the conservation aspect and the interests of the industry together"

Delegates are being asked to reach agreement on a proposal to reduce the catch of big eye and yellow fin tuna by 30 per cent over three years