The Pacific ocean covers approximately one-third of the Earth's surface. You could fit all the land in the world into the space it occupies – with room left over for an extra Canada. Put another way, it’s bigger than the surface of Mars.
Within it, there are vast tuna fishing areas, which shift as tuna migrate with the time of the year and changes in water temperature.
On this trip we’ve been in the area managed by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC). This agreement, between 33 countries, covers almost 20% of the world’s surface - an area larger than the planet Mercury or roughly three times the size of Africa (take your pick).
Pacific island island nations have relatively small land area compared to their exclusive economic zones (EEZ), because an EEZ extends... Read more >