Global panel agrees to 15% cut in catch of young bluefin tuna in 2014


An international panel has broadly agreed to cut the catch of juvenile bluefin tuna in the North Pacific in 2014 by 15 percent from the 2002-2004 average, as proposed by Japan, the government said Thursday.

The broad agreement came as a four-day meeting of a subcommittee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission ended in Fukuoka, the Fisheries Agency said.

Among the nine participants in the subcommittee, South Korea alone withheld support for the agreement, seeking to be exempted from the cut, it said.

The other participants urged South Korea to endorse the proposal before the annual WCPFC conference in December in Australia, where the cut may be finalized.

If South Korea fails to agree, the subcommittee will consider the matter again, the agency said.

Japan proposed the 15 percent cut as the stock of adult bluefin tuna aged 4 years or older dropped to its lowest-ever level in 2010 due to alleged overfishing of younger tuna. The United States had called for a 25 percent cut.

Japan has accounted for some 60 percent of the total bluefin tuna catch in the North Pacific and voluntarily implemented a 15 percent cut in its catch from the 2002-2004 average.

  • John Grey

    Oh, what a great decision ! Given the honesty of everybody, I am sure that will save the “young” tuna.
    Basically everyone in the business knows that there will never be any Grown up” tuna in the oceans, but everyone also thinks that of course it must be the others that have to stop overfishing the oceans.

    Tuna is a part of japanese culture and tradition, so Japan has the right to catch as many tuna, as they want!

    And that goes for whales and dolphins too!

    What a terrible joke!