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Pacific tuna industry in collapse due to subsidised Chinese boats

Pacific tuna industry in collapse due to subsidised Chinese boats

Updated 21 January 2014, 19:28 AEST

Tuna stocks in the Pacific have become so badly overfished by subsidised Chinese boats that the local tuna industry has effectively collapsed.

That's the assessment of Graham Southwick, CEO of Fiji Fish Marketing in Suva.

He says his company has been forced to tie up its boats at the wharf and get rid of hundreds of workers, simply because there aren't enough fish to catch anymore.

Mr Southwick tells Bruce Hill the problem was easily foreseeable, but no one has done anything about it and now it's too late to stop.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Graham Southwick, CEO of Fiji Fish Marketing

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