Philippines hosts global tuna fisheries meet in Manila
Around 700 delegates from about 30 countries is meeting this week at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City to craft new conservation measures for the tuna-rich Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO).
The Philippines’ Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) is hosting the 14th Regular Session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) until December 7.
“We consider it a great privilege to host this annual session in Manila. We see this gathering as a special and meaningful way how the Filipino people can contribute to sustainable fisheries management especially in the high seas, a resource that all of us share,” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said.
A regional fisheries management organization, the WCPFC governs fishing activities, particularly of tuna, in the high seas or waters that do not belong to any country.
The Commission’s annual meetings are aimed at developing conservation and management measures (CMMs) for highly migratory fish stocks such as tuna.
CMMs are considered binding by WCPFC member states. These are aimed at curbing illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, protecting particular marine and bird species, and addressing various problems in high seas fisheries.
Included in the session’s agenda this week is a CMM on tropical tunas including bigeye, skipjack, and yellowfin. A related intersessional meeting was held at PICC on December 1 to progress the bridging measure for the said species.