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UPDATED: 17:02, January 31, 2007
Japan, EU to cut bluefin tuna catches in Atlantic in 2010
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Japan and the European Union agreed Wednesday to lower their bluefin tuna catches in the Atlantic and Mediterranean seas by around 20 percent in 2010 from 2006, Kyodo News said.

During the meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas held in Tokyo, Japan promised to cut its catches of the highly valued bluefin tuna by 23 percent in 2010 to 2,175 tons from 2006, while the European Union also agreed to cut its catches by 20.75 percent, to 14,504 tons in 2010 from 18,301 tons in 2006, the report said.

Last week, five international tuna conservation bodies adopted a joint action plan in Kobe, vowing to strengthen efforts to fight tuna overfishing and ensure sustainable use of the resources.

Japan is the world's biggest tuna consumer, eating around one fourth of the global catch.

Source: Xinhua

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