15 Dec 2008

Greenpeace says Pacific Tuna Commission meeting reached a failed compromise

2:40 pm on 15 December 2008

The environmental group, Greenpeace, has described the final outcome from the Tuna Commission meeting in South Korea as a failed compromise.

It says the measures, which include a ten per cent cut in long line catch, are too weak to stop the overfishing of Big Eye and Yellowfin.

The head of Greenpeace's delegation to the meeting in Busan, Lagi Toribau, questions the responsibility of foreign fishing nations:

"'I don't think, particularly the Asian nations, have the interests of this fishery at heart."

Greenpeace has welcomed the move to close two of the so-called high seas pockets between fishing nations from the beginning of 2010

The move will, in part, line up fishing management in the high seas with regulations that come into force at that time as part of the Nauru Agreement between nations such as PNG, Nauru, Solomon Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.