Transforming Tuna Fisheries in the Pacific: A Public Briefing

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Report - 5 August, 2013
The Western and Central Pacific has the world’s largest and richest tuna fishery. It supplies over 60% of all tuna consumed globally. The value of tuna sourced from this region is over $5.5 billion annually. Unfortunately, most of the profits are not reaching the small island economies from which the tuna is sourced. This is due to the domination by foreign industrial fishing fleets operating in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. These fleets give paltry returns back to Pacific Island countries in the form of access fees and take away the bulk of the earnings.

Transforming Tuna Fisheries in the Pacific: A Public Briefing

The value of tuna sourced from this region is over $5.5 billion annually. Unfortunately, most of the profits are not reaching the small island economies from which the tuna is sourced. This is due to the domination by foreign industrial fishing fleets operating in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.

These fleets give paltry returns back to Pacific Island countries in the form of access fees and take away the bulk of the earnings.

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