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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

THE Pacific has called for the control of longline fishing on the high seas at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) in progress in Manila.

The Western and Central Pacific Ocean is the source of about 2.8 million metric tonnes of tuna valued at $US5.3 billion ($F11b), representing 79 per cent of the aggregate catch in the entire Pacific Ocean and 56 per cent of the global tuna catch.

WCPFC is a regional fisheries-management organisation that governs fishing activities, particularly of tuna, in the high seas or waters that do not belong to any country.

Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) director general, James Movick says although there has been an improvement in the data that has been collected from vessels operating in the High Seas there clearly is not sufficient or robust controls over the High Seas longline fleet activity.

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