CCSBTCommission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna
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These days there has been significant change among the delegates to the CCSBT and many of the key bureaucrats involved in the days of those ill-fated 'tuna wars' have gone.
Based on such contributions and guided by its international and independent panel of experts, the CCSBT Scientific Committee will deliver a statement regarding the status of the stock.
CCSBT AGREED QUOTAS FOR 2003-04 MEMBERS TONNES Japan 6065 Australia 5265 Republic of Korea 1140 Fishing Entity of Taiwan 1140 New Zealand 420 CO-OPERATING NON-MEMBERS Indonesia 800
South Korea became an official member of the CCSBT on Wednesday.
The CCSBT was set up in 1994 and now comprises Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
The CCSBT will also try to persuade other countries and territories, especially Indonesia and Taiwan, to become official members.
The CCSBT -- which comprises Australia, New Zealand and Japan - currently sets a total allowable catch of 11,750 tons of southern bluefin tuna between the three countries.
He said the agreement was reached in principle at CCSBT talks in Sydney in April, with final details ironed out in unofficial bilateral talks held Tuesday in Canberra.
Boyd said that by accepting fish from non-CCSBT countries, Japan had undermined the efforts of the group to manage the fishery and had created an expectation by those countries of being assigned an official quota of southern bluefin tuna under the CCSBT, pushing the total global catch higher.
The two countries are currently involved in a formal dispute resolution process under the CCSBT following Australian opposition to an experimental fishing program -- begun by Japan in July and ended Aug.
CCSBT has in recent years reduced the Total Allowable Catch and stringent conservation and management measures were implemented in order to rebuild this resource.
If South Africa were to accede to CCSBT it would benefit the country in the following ways: