Environmental organisation Greenpeace says it is disappointed by attempts by major fishing nations active in the Western and Central Pacific, to undermine tuna conservation and management measures.
The measures were on the agenda of this week’s Technical Compliance Committee (TCC) meeting of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Pohnpei.
“Korea, the EU, Taiwan and Philippines all suggested the existing closures of the Pacific Commons to purse seine fishing be lifted at the end of this year. This is simply unacceptable and would be a setback that would serve the illegal fishers and could spell disaster for the economic prosperity and food security of the Pacific region,” says Lagi Toribau of Greenpeace.
In contrast, Toribau congratulates Nauru, which called on nations to close the Pacific Commons to all fishing, in particular long-line fishing.
“We need more protection of the Pacific Ocean and its tuna, not less. We call on all the Pacific governments and fishing powers to support Nauru’s call for the closure of the Pacific Commons to long-line fishing and help give future generations of the Pacific region healthy oceans and ample tuna,” says Toribau.