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Tuna quota cut for next year to allow species to recover

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The nation’s fishing quota for bigeye tuna in the Pacific will drop 10 percent next year after a Pacific Ocean tuna commission asked 25 of its members to slash their tuna catches to 70 percent of this year’s quotas over the next three years, the Fisheries Agency said yesterday.

The new quota, proposed by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission to maintain the sustainability of the species, which is threatened, was approved at an annual meeting in Busan, South Korea, last week.

Under the new measure, members states, including Taiwan and Japan, will work to reduce their catches of bigeye tuna by 30 percent by 2011.

Taiwan will lower next year’s fishing quota to 14,269 tonnes from 15,854 tonnes.

The fishing quotas for 2010 and 2011 will be decided after an assessment of the effectiveness of next year’s quota.

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