2 Dec 2013

Tuna management group reiterates call for ban on longline fishing

2:48 pm on 2 December 2013

A leader in tuna management has reiterated its call for agreement on stamping out long line fishing and greater ocean conservation measures.

The call from the eight member Parties to the Nauru Agreement comes at the start of this week's meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in the Australian city of Cairns.

The PNA manages the world's largest sustainable tuna purse seine fishery.

Its Chief Executive Officer, Dr Transform Aqorau, says the PNA wants foreign fishing nations to cut their longline fishing and share the burden of conservation.

He says longline fishing, which catches bigeye tuna for sashimi, has contributed to overfishing.

Dr Aqorau says the PNA invests time and money in managing tuna stocks without compensation while foreign fishing nations have been reluctant to recognise the burden of conservation.