Japan Plans 1st Drastic Fisheries System Reforms in 70 Yrs

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 16 (Jiji Press)--Japan plans to carry out its first drastic fisheries system reforms in about 70 years, including the introduction of fishing quota allocation to individual ships for tighter marine resources management.

Earlier this month, the government submitted to the Diet, the country's parliament, a fisheries system reform bill featuring measures to tighten marine resources management and make it easier for companies to start aquaculture operations.

The government and the Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition aim to enact the bill during the current Diet session, slated to end Dec. 10.

Japan's total fish catches, including aquaculture production, stood at 4.36 million tons in 2016, one-third of the 1984 peak.

Urgent problems surrounding the fishing industry include how to prevent overfishing and maintain marine resource levels.

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