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Tuna overcapacity

This article was originally published in Foodnews

JAPANESE body, the Organisation for the Promotion of Responsible Tuna Fisheries (OPRT), states that fishing overcapacity continues to be a problem because the purse seine fleet has expanded its capacity, despite reductions in the longline fleet. Longline fleets have been pushed to the “economic breakpoint” because so many juveniles are being caught that fewer large tuna are available, the OPRT states on its website. It also says that improvements in fishing technology have led to an overall increase in the tuna fishery’s capacity, even if the number of vessels in the Eastern Pacific has stayed steady.

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