13 Dec 2010

Disappointment over lack of movement at annual Tuna Commission meeting

6:46 am on 13 December 2010

The Tuna Commission for the western and central Pacific has ended it's annual summit without further agreements to prevent overfishing of several key species.

The meeting involved the Pacific nations in the area, fishing nations from outside the region and fishing and processing companies.

A group of Pacific nations, known as the Parties to the Nauru agreement, had wanted to tighten existing measures to close the high seas fishing areas between the individual nation's exclusive economic zones.

Changes had also been wanted to cut the level of fishing for the most threatened species, Bigeye.

The meeting also rejected a proposal to ban the setting of nets on schools that gather near whales, dolphins and whale sharks.

But the meeting in Hawaii did support special management measures for an area of high sea in the eastern pacific near the Cook Islands and French Polynesia that is thought to be used by illegal or unregulated fishing operations