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An international group overseeing the conservation of southern bluefin tuna has agreed to reduce total catches of the dwindling fish in 2010 and 2011 by 20 percent from this year to 18,898 tons, the Fisheries Agency said Friday.

Japan will be allowed to catch 4,800 tons of tuna during the two years, compared with its annual quota of 3,000 tons in 2009, according to the accord worked out by the nine-member Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna.

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