‘Money Games’ Thwart Overhaul of Bigeye Tuna Protection Measure

posted in: January 2015 | 0

At the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Management Commission (WCPFC) meeting last month in Apia, Samoa, the griping was constant and everywhere. In the hallways, at lunch tables, during tea breaks, on the shuttle rides back to hotels …

“The name should be changed to Western and Central Pacific Money Games,” one distraught attendee was heard saying to another. Indeed, the general unwillingness of commission members to suffer any more economic losses from measures aimed at conserving bigeye tuna stocks repeatedly halted negotiations throughout the week.

By the meeting’s close, the commission had passed not a single measure to reduce . . .

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