Japan, Others Start Talks on Northern Pacific Saury Fishing

Politics

Tokyo, July 16 (Jiji Press)--Japan and seven other Pacific economies on Tuesday started discussions in Tokyo on saury fishing regulations in the northern Pacific.

During the annual meeting of the North Pacific Fisheries Commission through Thursday, Japan hopes to propose a cap on the overall saury catches by all eight member economies.

"We sincerely hope that appropriate saury resources management measures will be introduced early for sustainable saury resources utilization," said Masaki Hoshina, deputy director-general of Japan's Fisheries Agency.

The proposal by Japan, which suffers from poor saury catches, is aimed at preventing overfishing and improving saury resources management. Saury is a popular autumn dish in Japan.

It remains uncertain, however, whether China, which is increasing saury catches rapidly, will support the proposal.

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