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ICCAT decides to restore Taiwan's previous tuna quota

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA, TAIPEI

Fisheries officials said yesterday that the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) had decided to revert to previous quotas for Taiwan's tuna catch.

From next year, quotas for the nation's tuna catch -- which was slashed by the ICCAT in 2005 due to Taiwan's alleged overfishing -- will revert to the original 14,900 tonnes per year, said officials from the Fisheries Administration under the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture (COA).

Last year, the ICCAT slashed this year's tuna quota for Taiwan to 4,600 tonnes. The international organization also demanded that Taipei step up management and surveillance of its tuna fleet.

Satisfied with Taiwan's efforts over the past year to address the issue, member countries of the ICCAT resolved on Saturday during its annual special meeting held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, that the nation's tuna catch quota be resumed to the original levels, fisheries officials said.

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