Japan urges industry-wide reduction of tuna effort

Most large yellowfin tuna caught by long liners are used for sashimi, but almost all small yellowfin and other tuna species caught by purse seine vessels are canned.

Over the last decade tuna longliners have taken commendable steps to protect stocks of valuable tuna species, but the Japan-based Organisation for the Promotion of Responsible Tuna Fisheries is extremely worried that purse seiners are fishing at dangerously high levels.

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