Pacific tuna stocks healthy, according to scientists

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Scientists with the Pacific Community or SPC reported that Western and Central Pacific tuna stocks are healthy because of conservation measures implemented as part of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement or PNA.

Member nations recently held a meeting in Palau to discuss long-term tuna fishery management in PNA waters and other agreement concerns.

Ludwig Kumoru, PNA chief executive officer, said fish aggregating device closures, limits on fishing days and other conservation measures have contributed to the sustainability of the Pacific tuna stock.

In comparison to tuna stocks in other oceans, Kumoru said those in the Pacific are doing well. Pacific bigeye, yellowfin, albacore, and skipjack are reported to be in healthy condition, according to a 2017 stock assessment.

The 8 Pacific island countries that comprise PNA control the world’s largest sustainable tuna purse seine fishery. The fishery supplies 50 percent of the world’s skipjack tuna, which is a popular fish for canned products.

The Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu are all part of PNA.