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A regional commission for ocean resources management has drawn up a proposal calling for a cut of up to 50 percent in the bigeye tuna catch in the central and western Pacific Ocean due to overfishing, sources said Saturday.

The proposal by the scientific panel of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission is likely to have a major impact on domestic fishermen and consumers as Japan is the largest catcher of the fish, which is used for sashimi.

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