Lack of data from fishing nations standing in the way of tuna conservation | Pacific Beat

Lack of data from fishing nations standing in the way of tuna conservation

Lack of data from fishing nations standing in the way of tuna conservation

Updated 30 October 2014, 17:56 AEDT

Distant water fishing nations in Asia are continuing to find excuses not to provide the data needed to tell how much fish is being caught in the Pacific.

Illegal and unreported fishing was one of the main targets of operation Kurukuru, the Forum Fisheries Agency's recently-completed fisheries surveillance operation, which netted a record number of boats in potential breach of their fishing licences.

Even on current data, scientists say Pacific bigeye and yellowfin tuna have never been in worse shape and it is known that there are more boats than ever fishing for albacore tuna.

In December, more than 30 nations will come together at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission - the body tasked with protecting the fish stocks - to decide on conservation measures.

Presenter: Jemima Garrett

Speaker: Tima Tupou, Pacific Tuna Industry Association's Executive Officer

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