North Pacific fishers set quotas on saury catches

OVERFISHING: The agreement passed after China and Vanuatu dropped their opposition. Taiwan’s quota of below 180,000 tonnes is manageable, authorities said

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 20, 2019
By:: Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter

The North Pacific Fisheries Commission (NPFC) on Thursday agreed to set quotas for saury fishing

Attendees of the North Pacific Fisheries Commission’s fifth annual session pose for a group photograph on Thursday at the concluding ceremony of their three-day meeting at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo, Japan.
Photo courtesy of the Fisheries Agency

next year, the Fisheries Agency said yesterday.

Taiwan, participating under the name Chinese Taipei, would limit its catch to less than 180,000 tonnes, the agency said.

Formally established in 2015, the group’s seven other members are Japan, Russia, China, South Korea, Vanuatu, Canada and the US, according to information on the commission’s Web site.

Nearly 90 Taiwanese ships operate in the North Pacific’s high seas from July to November every year, bringing back an average annual catch of 160,000 tonnes and making Taiwan one of the major consumers of the species, the agency said.    [FULL  STORY]

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