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Japan to limit bluefin tuna fishing in Pacific

Staff Writer | July 29, 2016
Japan will limit fishing for bluefin tuna in the Pacific Ocean in order to facilitate the recovery of the species, which has seen population levels dip to their lowest ever, Kyodo reported.
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Fish   Restricting catches of tuna less than a year old
The Japanese Fisheries Agency plans to start restricting catches of tuna less than a year old to around 4.5 million, government officials told the agency.

The current level of bluefin tuna has dipped to just 2.6 percent of its historic size, falling to levels not seen for the past two decades, according to environmental group Pew Charitable Trusts, as cited by Undercurrent News portal on the seafood industry.

The Japanese government will present the measure at an upcoming meeting between the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in the southwestern Japanese city of Fukuoka at the end of August.

The participants will also discuss the possibility of banning bluefin tuna fishing during the migration period.

Most of the bluefin tuna caught in the Pacific are sold in Japan as it is one of the most popular sushi ingredients.

Falling bluefin tuna stocks in recent years have prompted the Pacific Fisheries Commission to implement a series of emergency measures to enable the species' recovery.