“The tuna-rich Pacific nations are to introduce a fishing-day trading system to help achieve the tough new limit they have placed on the size of the catch,” reports Radio Australia. “The move has been prompted by continuing concern about declining fish stocks, particularly bigeye and yellow-fin tuna.”
The report does not address albacore – the tuna fished by St Jude. It also suggests that impact will be greatest for the large Japanese and Taiwanese fleets.
Meanwhile climate change continues to threaten oceans and the fishing industry. Gerald Traufetter of Spiegel Online, based in Germany, reports on the lack of certainty in the years ahead: “Climate change is expected to cause sea levels to rise – at least in some parts of the world. Elsewhere, the level of the ocean will actually fall. Scientists are trying to get a better picture of the complex phenomenon, which also depends on a host of natural factors.”