5 Apr 2012

Tuna Commission promises new conservation measures by year's end

7:58 pm on 5 April 2012

The executive director of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission says new measures on the conservation of tuna are being developed and should be agreed on by the end of the year.

Last week's Commission meeting ended without any progress on a number of proposals by the Parties to the Nauru Agreement, such as measures against overfishing of bigeye tuna and extending the ban on Fish Aggregating Devices.

The PNA's chief executive, Transform Aqorau, has criticised the Commission for the lack of progress n new measures.

The Commission's Glenn Hurry admits the current measures aren't adequate.

"They haven't delivered the savings we had thought they'd deliver and they have rolled them on because there was no agreement on developing anything new, but the recognition in the Commission is that they must develop something new so I guess the challenge for us and the chairman is to pull together a package of measures that will be adoptable in the December measure, but we are still looking for about a 30 percent reduction in the catch of bigeye"