Japan, South Korea and Taiwan are backing the Philippines in its campaign to reopen part of the Western Pacific to commercial tuna fishing.
The Global Nation Inquirer news service reports that the three Asian countries support the Philippines proposal to lift the fishing ban in the waters north of Palau and Micronesia and south of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
The ban was imposed by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) in 2010 to allow the bluefin tuna, an endangered species, to spawn unhampered in the eastern high seas.
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Director Asis Perez says the Philippines is willing to follow stricter regulations set by the WCPFC if it is allowed to fish in the area.
A decision on the ban will be made in December.