Absence of management measures will cause detrimental impact to Pacific bluefin tuna

The last IATTC meeting held in July failed to adopt management measures for Pacific bluefin tuna (PBT) despite of the recommendation by the Scientific Committee calling for decrease of the fishing mortality. The failure will not only cause detrimental impact to the stock but also raise serious concern to the management ability of IATTC. PBT in IATTC area is unregulated and uncontrolled at present, although it is not illegal to fish PBT in the area yet. But, no such semi- IUU fish should be allowed for transaction.