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Fisheries, Palau, Philippines

Philippines campaigning for reopening of Pacific high seas fishing

The Philippine government is campaigning for the reopening of the Pacific high seas for commercial fishing, saying certain tuna species are not overfished.

The Philippines will send a team to ask for the resumption of fishing at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) this December in Palau.

A two-year ban on fishing in the Pacific high seas, imposed to allow tuna stocks to recover, is due to expire at the end of 2011. The Philippines has already filed its position with the WCPFC calling for the establishment of a Special Management Area in High Seas Pocket 1 where Filipino fresh and ice-chilled fishing vessels may be allowed.

The Philippines says its industry has been adversely affected by the ban.

In 2010, the tuna industry’s production volume declined by 9 percent from 2008 levels, industry data said.

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