Asian fishing giants putting Pacific operations under pressure

Tension is mounting in the Pacific over increased competition for fewer tuna fish.Industrialised fishing operations by boats from countries such as Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan are putting pressure on smaller operations carried out by Pacific Islanders.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community has put out a briefing paper for regional governments on how to handle the issue.

Dr Shelton Harley, head of the SPC's Oceanic Fisheries Programme's Stock Assessment and Modelling Group said that  nations need to balance the needs of their local fishermen with the money they get from licensing bigger overseas companies to fish in their economic zones...Radio Australia


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