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Philippines ups pressure on Pacific fishing ban

Calls from the Philippines for an end to the high seas fishing ban imposed by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) continue to gain momentum.

The Tuna Canners Association of the Philippines is concerned a 20 percent drop in local tuna production for the first nine months of 2011 might increase the prices of end products, such as canned tuna.

Association executive director Francisco Buencamino says the industry is working with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to try to get the ban lifted.

Meanwhile Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala says a “tough” Philippine team was being assembled to pursue talks with the WCPFC.

Read more at Pacnews

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