Fisheries to cut catch of endangered bluefin tuna

Packages of Maguro (bluefin) tuna sashimi are seen on display at the Nijiya Market January 23, 2008 in San Francisco, California.  (Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)
Packages of Maguro (bluefin) tuna sashimi are seen on display at the Nijiya Market January 23, 2008 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)
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Updated: 9/04 9:00 am

TOKYO (AP) — The multi-nation fisheries body that monitors most of the Pacific Ocean has agreed to cut the catch of juvenile bluefin tuna to half of its average level in 2002-2004.

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission reached the decision Thursday as it ended an annual meeting in Fukuoka, a city in western Japan.

The commission, which monitors the western two-thirds of the Pacific, also endorsed catch limits for adult bluefin and set a 10-year target of rebuilding its population to 8 percent of its unfished size.

Conservation group The Pew Charitable Trusts said the measures are encouraging but only a first step toward saving the species, which has been decimated by overfishing.

Japanese eat 80 percent of the world's bluefin tuna, or "hon maguro," a sushi mainstay.

 

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