Protection of Coral Triangle tuna urged


Neil Ray, SeafoodSource contributing editor, reporting from Bangkok

Published on
July 22, 2009

The Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) is drafting a framework on a common fisheries policy to sustainably manage tuna fisheries over a 2.3-million-square-mile area in the Indian and Pacific oceans.

In particular, the CTI is trying to protect tuna spawning grounds in the Coral Triangle. The group — consisting of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor Leste and — assembled for the first time at the World Oceans Conference in Manado, Indonesia, in May.

The policy, which would be administered by the Menado Economic Development Council (MedCo), would establish a forum for participating countries to access fishing technology innovations and market information. It would also designate specific areas within countries’  territorial waters where other countries would be allowed to operate legally.

“More than ever now, it is time to get our act together for the conservation and sustainable management of our marine biodiversity,” said MEDCo Chairman Virgilio Leyretana. “Future generations will all benefit from the abundance of marine life in these waters.”

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