15 Dec 2009

Greenpeace hits out at Asian fishing nations over Pacific tuna stocks

10:24 pm on 15 December 2009

Greenpeace has criticised the refusal of Asian distant water fishing nations to agree to review the measures in place to stop the decline in the stocks of Bigeye and Yellowfin tuna.

At the annual session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, scientists presented information indicating a cut of up 50 per cent in fishing catch was needed.

Last year Tuna Commission members agreed to cuts of 30 per cent over three years.

But Greenpeace's Lagi Toribau, says the attitude towards the future of stocks among fishing nations such as Korea, China and Taiwan ignores scientific information which indicates a need for greater action.

"So I mean if scientists are saying that themselves then obviously the status of the stock is in a more dire siutation than ever and in Greenpeace's opinion we are classifying the fishery as an extremely overfished stock."

He says Pacific nations now need to work together to ensure fishing nations accept the need to preserve stocks for the future