Fisheries Commission Makes No Headway Toward Reducing Hauls of Pacific Bigeye

posted in: January 2016 | 0

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission closed its annual meeting last month, having failed again to significantly strengthen its measure aimed at ending overfishing of tropical tunas, especially bigeye.

But it wasn’t for lack of trying.

Ahead of the commission’s annual meeting, held in Bali, its executive director, Feleti Teo, privately discussed ways forward with individual representatives from various member states. At the Bali meeting, commission chair Rhea Moss-Christian convened meetings of a working group on tropical tuna as early as possible (compared to the previous year, when then-chair Charles Karnella waited until the middle . . .

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