Tuna stocks face collapseThis article was originally published in Foodnews
SOUTH Pacific fisheries, home to 25% of global tuna stocks, face collapse within 25 years without immediate action, according to a new report released by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in Noumea. "This will have severe economic consequences and will make food security impossible in a region where the population is projected to increase by 50% by 2035," says the report. It adds that overfishing of bigeye tuna was at dangerous levels and there was increasing pressure from foreign fishing fleets seeking access to the South Pacific's 22 island nations. The tuna industry in the region is worth USD2.0 billion annually and the report claims that local fishery agencies lack the skills and organisation to coordinate policy and ensure the development of sustainable fisheries to feed future generations.