By Mynardo Macaraig
MANILA, Philippines—Efforts to curb overfishing of tuna in the Pacific were blocked by big countries that refused to cut their catch at a meeting of tuna-fishing nations in the Asia-Pacific, delegates said Thursday. The Western and Central Pacific Commission, comprising 30 member nations and territories, ended a five-day meeting in Manila with minor agreements [...]
Asia and Pacific nations agreed at a meeting in the Philippines on Wednesday to take steps to protect whale sharks in a victory for the world’s largest fish, officials said.
Asia-Pacific fishing experts Sunday warned against depleting tuna stocks, saying the region needs to reduce its catch of the vulnerable bigeye species by 30 percent.
The worldwide fishing industry could benefit from a $50 billion boost annually if stocks are allowed time to recover and farmers stop polluting the waters with excess fertilizer, the UN said Wednesday.