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Tuna Threatened By Overfishing
2012-12-03 06:28:01

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Environmentalists, fishing experts, and Pacific Island nations are concerned over depleting stocks of the bigeye tuna, and are calling for stricter catch limits to help prevent overfishing. Participants at a Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) conference are calling for a 30-percent reduction of bigeye catch limits in the region, according to AFP reports published Sunday. "Participants at the...

2012-11-22 20:20:15

Multibillion-dollar tuna management body at a crossroads WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pew Environment Group will host a media phone briefing on the upcoming meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) in Manila, Philippines. The briefing will take place Tuesday, Nov. 27. Twenty-five member WCPFC governments will gather Dec. 2-6 to discuss conservation and management of tuna in the western and central Pacific Ocean, the source for...

2012-03-30 14:21:02

TUMON, Guam, March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fishing nations of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) today agreed to protect oceanic whitetip sharks based on a U.S. proposal, while an Australian proposal to ban intentional setting of purse seine nets on whale sharks (to catch associated aggregations of tuna) was stalled by Japan. "We are pleased that the WCPFC has heeded scientific advice and taken action to conserve seriously overfished oceanic...

2012-03-23 06:20:37

Pew presses international body for better management of tuna, sharks, and illegal fishing GUAM, March 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Decisions affecting the world's largest tuna fishery, its biggest fish, and the economies of some of the smallest countries will be made when representatives of more than 25 governments gather for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) annual meeting from March 26-30. "These governments will make decisions about important...

2010-12-06 18:04:00

HONOLULU, Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientific recommendations for improving information on population status and fishing of sharks will be considered this week at the annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC). Scientists are recommending that the WCPFC adopt a three-phase shark research plan, identify species of concern, and make reporting on shark catches mandatory. Shark catch reporting has proved a challenge for some WCPFC member...