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(Update) Japan, Others Set Northern Pacific Saury Catch Cap

(Update) Japan, Others Set Northern Pacific Saury Catch Cap

   Tokyo, July 18 (Jiji Press)--Japan and seven other Pacific economies on Thursday agreed to introduce an annual cap of about 550,000 tons on saury catches in the northern Pacific in 2020.
   The ceiling, set after years of poor catches by Japan, is the first international saury fishing regulation. But it is uncertain whether saury stocks will recover because the cap far exceeds last year's catches totaling 440,000 tons.
   The eight economies reached the agreement at a three-day annual meeting of the North Pacific Fisheries Commission in Tokyo that closed Thursday night. Their respective catch quotas in the high seas will be discussed next year.
   China, which has been increasing saury catches rapidly in recent years, initially opposed a Japanese proposal to limit annual catches to around 450,000 tons, informed sources said.
   But China changed course after Japan accepted a higher limit, according the sources.

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