Japan, 7 other nations start talks on northern Pacific saury fishing caps

17-Jul-2019 Intellasia | JapanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Japan and seven other Pacific economies on Tuesday started discussions in Tokyo on saury fishing regulations in the northern Pacific.

During the annual meeting of the North Pacific Fisheries Commission through Thursday, Japan hopes to propose a cap on the overall saury catches by all eight member economies.

“We sincerely hope that appropriate saury resources management measures will be introduced early for sustainable saury resources utilisation,” said Masaki Hoshina, deputy director general of the Fisheries Agency.

The proposal by Japan, which suffers from poor saury catches, is aimed at preventing overfishing and improving saury resources management. Saury is a popular autumn dish in the nation.

It remains uncertain whether China, which is increasing saury catches rapidly, will support the proposal.

Besides the two major Asian countries, Taiwan, South Korea, Russia, Vanuatu, the United States and Canada are members of the NPFC, established in 2015.

At a meeting of the NPFC Scientific Committee in April, all eight members agreed for the first time that saury stocks in the northern Pacific are at low levels.

Based on this recognition, Japan thinks it appropriate to set the ceiling on total saury catches in the northern Pacific for sustainable saury stocks around 450,000 tonnes, roughly the same as the actual catches in 2018, Fisheries Agency officials said.

Japan hopes that the overall figure will be divided among the high seas and member economies’ exclusive economic zones, the officials also said.



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