Bigeye tuna faces extinction as protection calls fail

Tamra Mclean; 16/12/09

Pacific tuna will be vulnerable to severe overfishing for at least another year after negotiations to protect one of the most threatened species failed. The Asian fishing nations of South Korea, China, Taiwan and Japan blocked calls from small Pacific countries to cut bigeye tuna fishing on the high seas by 50 per cent. Instead, nations meeting at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Tahiti stuck with the 10 per cent reduction planned for 2010.