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Underreported catches are weighing on Japan's management system for Pacific bluefin tuna stocks, with a government official saying that a major reporting failure uncovered late last year was only the "tip of the iceberg."

To prevent the overfishing of bluefin tuna, the country's Fisheries Agency sets a separate catch quota for tuna weighing less than 30 kilograms and those weighing over 30 kilograms under a relevant international agreement. Based on the quotas, the agency allocates catches to each prefecture and fishing method.

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