The National Marine Fisheries Service is on track to ratify a new South Pacific Tuna Treaty with 16 Pacific island nations that have historically allowed the U.S. purse seine fleet to fish in their waters for a set amount of days at a set cost. Last December, with vessel owners unwilling to pay anymore for that access, which had become rather costly, the United States announced that it planned to withdraw from the treaty. Since then, however, the agency has renegotiated the treaty’s terms and as of last month was poised to approve final language.
Under the revised . . .
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