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(Update) Japan-Proposed Saury Catch Quotas Fail to See Accord

(Update) Japan-Proposed Saury Catch Quotas Fail to See Accord

   Sapporo, July 15 (Jiji Press)--The North Pacific Fisheries Commission failed to reach an accord on Japan-proposed saury catch quotas during talks in Sapporo, Hokkaido, northernmost Japan, on Saturday, the third and final day of its annual meeting.
   The proposed curbs were rejected as premature by China, South Korea and Russia, conference sources said.
   The eight-member fisheries commission plans to discuss catch quotas again at its annual meeting next year, the sources said.
   The Japanese government attributes dwindling saury catches in waters around Japan partly to overfishing by China and Taiwan. Unless preventive measures are put in place soon, saury prices could remain high.
   Japan proposed setting an annual saury catch limit of about 560,000 tons in total, including 240,000 tons for itself, 190,000 tons for Taiwan, 50,000 tons for China and 20,000 tons for South Korea.

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