Japan Fails to Win Approval for Larger Tuna Catch Quotas

Politics Economy

Fukuoka, Sept. 7 (Jiji Press)--Japan failed to win approval at an international meeting ended Friday for its proposal to increase overall catch quotas for Pacific bluefin tuna.

The proposal was supported by Taiwan and South Korea. But the United States and the Cook Islands opposed it, saying that catch expansions are too early as the numbers of such tuna are still extremely small.

The Japanese proposal called for a 15 pct increase each in catch quotas for small tuna weighing less than 30 kilograms and for larger tuna.

The proposal was put forward at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission's Northern Committee, where any proposal requires unanimous approval.

"It is extremely disappointing that any quota increase wasn't accepted at all, despite resources recovering," Shingo Ota, councillor at Japan's Fisheries Agency, told a press conference after the end of the committee's four-day meeting in the southwestern Japan city of Fukuoka.

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