A tuna management meeting in the Marshall Islands has been told that 2014 produced another record-setting year for tuna catches in the western and central Pacific.
This week's Purse Seine Bigeye Tuna Management Workshop in Majuro was told commercial fishing boats caught over 2.8 million tons of tuna in 2014, an all-time record.
Most of those fish were caught by purse seiners.
The Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority scientist, Berry Muller, says the bigeye tuna catch at 161,299 tons was a five percent increase.
She says this maintains bigeye's "over-fished" state.
The workshop aims to come up with options to curb overfishing that can be raised at the December annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, or Tuna Commission.
It follows a similar meeting in Honolulu in April that considered options to reduce pressure on bigeye stocks, including limiting the use of fish aggregation devices, instituting catch limits, and modifying fishing gear.