European, Japanese Boats Converge on Coral Triangle, Southeast Asian Tuna Too Faces Collapse

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The plight of world tuna fisheries continues. According to statements made by WWF, as the Mediterranean bluefin tuna gets places off limits so as to avoid total collapse of the fishery, more ships will be heading in the so-called Coral Triangle (the seas bounded by the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Malaysia). As this area is spawning and nursing grounds for 89% of the world’s tuna, unless collective action is taken in this area as well, tuna stocks there face collapse.

WWF researcher Lida Pet Soede:
Regional, Global Cooperation Needed

The larger context of the Coral Triangle, where there are still very important spawning grounds for a number of very valuable tuna species is critical. Regional collaboration around management of this global commodity is pretty obvious. If you can’t agree on managing this commodity together, everybody is going to get hurt. (AFP/Yahoo News)

Small-Scale Fishermen Not the Problem
Though, an official from the Indonesia fisheries ministry said that the nation was having trouble regulating tuna fishing due its fleet consisting mostly of small, unlicensed boats, a recent study indicates that small-scale fishing isn’t nearly the problem that industrial fishing is.

The report went on to say that without fuel subsidies industrial fishing would be unprofitable and that if small-scale fishing was encouraged (especially in developing nations) then fish stocks would have a better chance of recovery.

via: AFP/Yahoo News
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