BFAR supports conservation and management measures on tropical tunas
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Director Eduardo Gongona said he supports the development and possible adoption of conservation and management measures (CMMs) on tropical tunas at the 14th Regular Session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)
Gongona said in a statement that he is hoping that CMMs on tropical tunas including bigeye, skipjack, and yellowfin will be adopted by member countries of the WCPFC.
Gongona is the head of the Philippine delegation during the one-week meeting currently being held now in Manila.
The Philippine delegation is composed of BFAR directors, technical personnel, and representatives from the Philippine tuna fishing industry.
The country, in particular, contributes an annual tuna catch of 248,000 metric tons, or 9 percernt to 10 percent of the total production of Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO).
WCPO is the source of about 2.8 million metric tons of tuna, valued at 5.3 billion US dollars in 2016. That is 79 percent of the aggregate catch in the entire Pacific Ocean, and 56 percent of the total global tuna catch.
Aside from its economic importance, tuna fishing provides food and livelihood for millions of people across WCPFC member countries and territories.
“The Philippine government, for one, strives for utmost cooperation with the WCPFC as the tuna industry form part of the country’s pillar for food security,” the statement showed.