Some ten days ago the Yomiuri On-line News reported the following:
The resource control organization, the "International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)" that controlled the blue fin tuna etc. in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean, was currently holding the annual meetings in Istanbul, Turkey; it had agreed to set the fish catch quota on the big-eyed tuna for the years 2012-15 at 85,000 tons per year, same as 2010-11 years.
Moreover, Assistant General Manager Masanori Miyahara of the Ministry for Fisheries was elected as the chairperson of annual meetings for two years up to the year 2013.
This time, for the first time, the fish catching quota for yellow fin tuna was set at 110,000 tons per year for the 2012 fiscal year. On the other hand, regarding the blue fin tuna which was popular in Japan and being view as a quality item, 80 percent of the total world supply was consumed by the Japanese. In the annual meeting last year, the fish catching quota for 2011-13 years was reduced by 4% based on 13,500 tons for the year 2010; the decision was 12,900 tons per year.
It seems that in the near future the amount of tuna allowed to be caught in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean would not be reduced very much.