The WCPFC is one of the regional fisheries management organisations dealing primarily with tuna fisheries. The negotiations, which ran until last Friday evening, were tense but concluded positively. All main provisions of the existing conservation and management measure for bigeye, yellowfin and skipjack tuna were rolled over. Negotiators also agreed on a Target Reference Point for South Pacific Albacore. This will reduce the level of catches and increase the abundance of the species.
Other positive measures adopted:
Unfortunately, a new measure for sharks that would incorporate more rigorous conservation measures and easier enforceable provisions did not achieve consensus and was eventually dismissed. It will be important to come back to this discussion at next year’s meeting.
More information: https://www.wcpfc.int/meetings/15th-regular-session-wcpfc