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Greenpeace: WCPFC Should Halve Bigeye Fishing Rate South Korea, August 8, 12

Greenpeace activists warned of the seriousness of Pacific tuna stock declines due to too many fishing boats and destructive fishing techniques at the 8th Scientific Committee meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC SC8) in Busan, South Korea.

Three Greenpeace activists representing different generations held tuna images and delivered “No Fish No Future” messages as a warning sign to the delegations at the meeting venue.

“Strong recommendations from scientists and commitments from government are both necessary to save the Pacific and the millions dependent on it for food and jobs. Time is running out for tuna, and for future generations, we need action now,” said Jeonghee Han, Oceans campaigner, Greenpeace East Asia.

More than 150 scientists and representatives from WCPFC members including fishing powers such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines will review stock status information at the meeting concluding August 15. The current analysis shows that current fisheries management practices in the Pacific are failing to maintain healthy fish stocks fisheries and ocean ecosystems.

Greenpeace is calling on the scientists at the Busan meeting to recommend the WCPFC annual meeting in Manila this December halve the bigeye tuna fishing rate, ban the use of destructive fish aggregation devices in purse seine fisheries and create marine reserves in the Pacific Commons where all fishing activities should be banned.

Greenpeace is campaigning for a global network of marine reserves covering 40% of the world’s oceans and for a more sustainable fishing industry, both necessary steps to restoring our oceans to health. Around the world, Greenpeace is working with retailers and tuna brands across Europe, Australia and the Americas to increase the market share of sustainably-sourced tuna.