Dec 13, 2021
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Tropical Tuna Measures revised by The WCPFC but fail…critical issues

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Pacific island authorities are hailing the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission’s (WCPFC) adoption of a revised Tropical Tuna Measure as a victory, but some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) assume the commission still failed to perform on a number of critical items at the WCPFC’s 18th meeting, which ended on December 7.

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) adopted a revised Tropical Tuna Measure as an extension.Parties to the Nauru Agreement, which represent five countries including Japan, praised this decision. but voiced concern that there were still important items. they wanted addressing at the meeting- despite reasons to be hopeful.
Pacific Island nations that rely on fisheries for their economic stability have welcomed this measure. The WCPFC approved measures on fish-aggregating devices. And moved toward requiring all FADs be made out of biodegradable materials, which is predicted to reduce entanglements with sharks and turtles.

However, NGOs affecting sustainability at this year’s meeting; more specifically costlier negotiations over basic management of valuable tropical tunas left little room to address these ongoing concerns.
The WCPFC meeting concluded with a lack of progress. The commission failed to act on many issues.

In addition, the conclusion of this week’s meeting still leaves 22 tuna fisheries at risk of losing their MSC certification status due to not acting on management targets by themselves.

Clark stated that the commission fell short of some of the PNA’s expectations.PNA members and Tokelau shared the need to take a precautionary approach to changes in the major elements of the Tropical Tuna measure with other members .The measure had gaps and weaknesses that would need to be addressed in the future.

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