Record catch fuels Pacific tuna overfishing scares

New figures revealing a record Pacific tuna catch in 2012 have prompted urgent calls from conservationists for more to be done to protect fish stocks.

The report from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community shows that more than 2.6 million metric tons (MT) was caught in the central and western Pacific region last year.

That’s 59 percent of the global catch and 1200 MT more than the previous record, which was set in 2009.

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