Pacific tuna catch in 2012 set to be a record-breaker | Pacific Beat

Pacific tuna catch in 2012 set to be a record-breaker

Pacific tuna catch in 2012 set to be a record-breaker

Updated 6 March 2013, 17:53 AEST

Early figures for the 2012, show the Pacific tuna catch is likely to be bigger than ever before.

As tuna numbers in other region's of the world decline, more and bigger boats are heading for the Pacific.

The Heads of Fisheries Agencies meeting taking place in Noumea this week has been told 2012 is shaping up as year of record catches.

Figures just out for 2011, show that year's catch of more than 2.3 million tonnes, was the lowest since 2006.

Dr John Hampton, Manager of the Oceanic Fisheries Program at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community told Jemima Garrett even skipjack tuna, the species with the most robust numbers, needs close scrutiny.

Presenter: Jemima Garrett

Speaker:Dr John Hampton, Manager of the Oceanic Fisheries Program at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community

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