Wrangling Over the World's Most Valuable Fish
When the ‘Northern Committee' of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meets next week in Japan, it will be forced to make critical management decisions for one of the world's most sought after fish. However, it will have to do this without a key piece of data —an updated Pacific bluefin tuna stock assessment.
The Northern Committee determines fishery management recommendations on a variety of fish, including Pacific bluefin. To date, its scientific committee has been responsible for producing an updated stock assessment for Pacific bluefin.
Without the necessary scientific information for its deliberations, this year's meeting is likely to be challenging. Pew has written a letter outlining its concerns surrounding a fish in certain decline.