Regarding skipjack caught in the central and western parts of the Pacific Ocean, an international organization responsible for resource management has decided to impose new regulations, such as reducing the number of fishing days, if the amount of resources decreases in the future.
The Central and Western Pacific Tuna Committee, which includes 26 countries and regions such as Japan and the United States, held an annual meeting from the 28th of last month to the 3rd of this month to discuss resource management such as skipjack.
As a result, in the future, if the amount of skipjack tuna caught in this sea area decreases to less than 40% of the amount of non-fishing, new regulations such as reducing the number of fishing days and catch amount set for each country will be established. decided.
According to the Fisheries Agency, as of 2019, approximately 200,000 tons of skipjack tuna, equivalent to almost all of Japan's annual bonito catch, have been caught in the midwestern Pacific Ocean.
However, since the amount of skipjack tuna stocks currently exceeds the standard, the Fisheries Agency said, "Japan's skipjack fishing will not be affected immediately. Long-term resource management is necessary for sustainable fishing." ”We welcome this decision.