The Cook Islands has become the first Pacific Island nation to adopt a quota management system (QMS) for its longline fishery to control catches of albacore and bigeye tuna.

The country’s Ministry of Marine Resources’ (MMR) Large Pelagic Longline Fishery and Quota Management System Regulations 2016, approved by Cabinet and Executive Council, are a significant step forward in allowing the Cook Islands to commit to a catch limit agreed to among Pacific Island countries through...


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