Panel Begins Talks on Hikes in Bluefin Tuna Catch Quota

Politics

Portland, Oregon, Sept. 3 (Jiji Press)--An international committee started a four-day meeting in the U.S. city of Portland, Oregon, on Tuesday to discuss a proposal by Japan to increase catch quotas for bluefin tuna in the Pacific Ocean.

Japan sought the quota expansion at the Northern Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, citing a recovery in stocks.

But the proposal is believed to have faced opposition from the United States, which claims that bluefin tuna stocks remain at low levels, sources familiar with the situation said.

In 2015, the WCPFC introduced catch quotas for member countries and regions for bluefin tuna, which is popular as ingredients for high-grade sushi, due to a declining stock amid overfishing.

The stock of adult Pacific bluefin tuna fell to some 12,000 tons in 2010, less than one-10th the peak in 1961. The WCPFC aims to increase the figure to 43,000 tons by 2024.

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