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Japan to Propose Saury Fishing Cap in Northern Pacific

Japan to Propose Saury Fishing Cap in Northern Pacific

   Tokyo, July 11 (Jiji Press)--Japan plans to propose introducing an overall cap on saury catches in the high seas by all eight member economies of the North Pacific Fisheries Commission, officials said.
   The country will put forward the proposal, designed to prevent overfishing in the northern Pacific, at an annual NPFC meeting set to start in Tokyo on Tuesday for a three-day run, the officials said.
   The NPFC also includes China, Taiwan and South Korea.
   At last year's meeting, Japan, which has been grappling with bad saury catches, proposed setting catch quotas for each NPFC member economy. But the proposal failed due to opposition from China, which has been increasing saury catches at a rapid rate.
   Japan is increasingly concerned over the depletion of saury stocks in the northern Pacific. The proposal for an overall cap, not quotas for each member economy, can be palatable, the Japanese officials said.

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