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Bigeye tuna: at risk from overfishing

SPC PROBES FOREIGN-FLAG FISHING INCURSIONS

The Brisbane-based Secretariat of the Pacific Community is to investigate the cause of the tension between local fishing fleets and foreign-flag vessels working in the same areas of the Pacific and try to broker a balanced outcome before trouble escalates. It's a five-year project with information on seven PICTs already filed away and the remaining 19 expected to be covered on schedule for an appraisal of the problem in five years' time.

Australia, New Zealand and the EU have all contributed to the work.

Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) have negotiated individual contracts with Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean interests worth some USD150million/year with the operations bringing a further USD300million to the collective gdp. But the trade brings industrial vessels into close contact with local inshore fishers -- encroaching within exclusion zones and use of miles of longlines are two of the complaints
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