Tuna Fishing Future

Millions of people enjoy eating tuna every day whether it be in cans or fresh from the sea to our dining-table at home or in a restaurant. The Pacific Ocean provides about half of the world’s tuna supplies. Tuna is not only a superb fish to chase, to watch and to eat, it is a major factor in the world’s economy.

Therefore with the ever-present danger of over-fishing, it is only right that we consider our current practice in catching tuna and where fish stocks are likely to be in the future.

Already some governments have placed quotas on certain fish and in some countries many commercial fishing operators have gone out of business.

One of the factors regarding tuna is its huge demand in such countries as Japan. The high value placed on tuna in general and some species in particular means there will always be anglers seeking to capture these magnificent creatures of the deep.

Fishing Bodies
Around the world there are various fishing bodies or authorities which control the way fishing is allowed both by amateur and professional anglers. Within a country’s borders, fishing rules and laws are the responsibility of each particular country.

But where oceans are involved and various countries have a border on that ocean, then the countries need to get together and make laws which are binding on all nations.One such example is The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission or [WCPFC] which is responsible for tuna fishing in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. The decisions they make are legally binding on the countries which have agreed to belong to the WCPFC.

Those countries include Australia, China, Canada, Cook Islands, European Community, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, France, Japan, Kiribati, Korea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Chinese Taipei, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America and Vanuatu.

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