Japan Fishing Industry Worried about Saury Competition

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Tokyo, July 29 (Jiji Press)--Japanese fishing industry people are concerned about stronger competition over saury, after Japan and seven other Pacific economies agreed to introduce an annual cap on catches of the fish.

While some are placing high hopes that the cap will prevent overfishing, many are concerned that competition will intensify, with the eight economies yet to decide their respective quotas on the high seas.

At an annual meeting of the North Pacific Fisheries Commission in Tokyo in mid-July, the eight members, including China and Taiwan, agreed on a total annual cap of about 550,000 tons for saury catches in the northern Pacific in 2020.

Through the first international ceiling on saury fishing, the members will try to improve saury stocks under international control.

Many within the Japanese fishing industry have questioned whether the cap will lead to recovery in stocks as the ceiling far exceeds the catches of recent years.

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