Cairns meeting fails to deliver on tuna sustainability | Pacific Beat

Cairns meeting fails to deliver on tuna sustainability

Cairns meeting fails to deliver on tuna sustainability

Updated 9 December 2013, 9:39 AEDT

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission has ended its meeting in Northern Australia by agreeing to make some cuts but not enough to prevent further overfishing of bigeye tuna stocks.

The Parties to the Nauru Agreement say under the latest deal overfishing will continue because of opposition from foreign fishing nations to reducing the number of purse seine vessls on the high seas, that's those over 24 metres.

Prior to the talks in Cairns, there was a call for the suspension of bluefin tuna fishing in the Pacific, if urgently needed management measures were not implemented.

Without action, the global non-government organisation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, argued that the populations of bluefin and bigeye tuna could collapse beyond recovery.

Amanda Nickson, the Director of Pew's Global Tuna Conservation program, says the new measures don't go far enough.

Presenter:Richard Ewart

Speaker:Amanda Nickson, director, Pew Global Tuna Conservation program

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