WWF is concerned about critically low stock status of Pacific bluefin tuna
Dr. Aiko Yamauchi, the leader of Oceans and Seafood Group ,WWF Japan, who is attending the meeting is concerned that: “The failure of the adoption of a long-term stock recovery plan in the session means that both the Northern Committee and IATTC do not work as intended.”
WWF believes that it is necessary to consider the suspension of Pacific bluefin tuna fishery across the Pacific Ocean unless important conservation measures are agreed in 2016.
Pacific bluefin tuna is one of the most valuable fisheries in the Northern Pacific Ocean, supporting a billion dollar industry that sustains the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people. Japan is the largest consuming country of Pacific bluefin tuna and the stock is critically low because it has been overfished for years. The latest report by International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean (ISC) in July 2016 reveals that the Pacific bluefin tuna stock has depleted to 2.6% compared to the unfished level. ISC warns that both the levels of the Pacific bluefin tuna stocks and the recovery have fallen to a level at which continued commercial fishing is unsustainable.
WWF asks the delegates at the session:
- To agree Limit Reference Point (exceeding the limit that might endanger the capacity of self-renewal of the stock) and Target Reference Points for the Pacific bluefin tuna.
- To adopt a long-term Pacific bluefin tuna recovery plan targeting at above the agreed Limit Reference Point by 2030.
- To expand the target size of juvenile Pacific bluefin tuna conservation measures from the current 30kg or less to 85kg or less, and to introduce a catch limit for adult Pacific bluefin tuna.
- 4) To establish the Catch Documentation Scheme (CDS) for the thorough monitoring of the Pacific bluefin tuna fishery.
- Aiko Yamauchi. Fishery and Seafood Project Leader WWF JapanTel:03-3769-1713 Fax:03-3769-171 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org