Int'l meeting on preserving tuna stock in Pacific starts

An international meeting to discuss how to manage bluefin tuna resources in the northern Pacific started Monday in the southwestern Japan city of Fukuoka.

The subcommittee meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission through Thursday is being attended by nine countries including China, South Korea and the United States.

Given that the stock of adult bluefin tuna aged 4 years or older in the ocean declined to near its lowest-ever level of 22,606 tons in 2010, Japan has proposed that the catch of juvenile bluefin tuna up to 3 years old in the Pacific next year be cut by at least 15 percent from the 2002-2004 average.

The United States is pushing for a 25 percent cut.

All participating countries must agree on a proposal for it to be taken to the annual WCPFC conference in Australia in December for formal approval.