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The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) 2021 meeting begins 29 November, as it faces the expiration of its Tropical Tuna Measure guiding fishing controls for bigeye, skipjack, and yellowfin tuna in its jurisdiction.

The regional fisheries management organization, which oversees the conservation and management of highly migratory fish stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, will meet virtually through 7 December. In December 2020, the WCPFC’s 27 members agreed to roll over its previous Tropical Tuna Measure, but the measure is set to expire in February 2022.

Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) CEO Sangaa Clark said some distant-water fishing member-nations are pushing to use the new agreement to open more fishing opportunities, arguing scientific assessments have found the region’s major tuna stocks to be healthy…. Read more