WWF warns about risks

THE World Wildlife Fund says the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission risks losing relevance if it doesn’t develop mechanisms to hold distant fishing nations to account.

The WWF’s Western and Central Pacific Tuna Programme Manager, Bubba Cook, says expansive fishing fleets from countries like China in the Pacific have created a crisis for local fishers and pose a big threat to the sustainability of stocks.

He says some of these countries show complete disregard for the authority of the Commission.

Mr Cook said fishing activities on the high seas remains a major black hole that Pacific nations needed to tighten up on.

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