6 Sep 2016

Tuna operators fear proposal to close off 30% of EEZs

From , 5:05 am on 6 September 2016

A new conservation measure proposing the closure of 30 percent of Exclusive Economic Zones in the Pacific has regional tuna operators concerned.

The proposal, known as "Motion 53", is to be voted upon by members of the congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at a meeting which ends this week in Hawaii.

It's among a number of proposed resolutions to be presented to the Convention of Biological Diversity, which most Pacific island countries are party to.

Charles Hufflet of the Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association told Koroi Hawkins the conservation group's proposal would be devastating for the region's domestic tuna industry.

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