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Bluefin tuna catch limit left unchanged in setback for Japan

Watchdog denies increase on US advice but lets Tokyo obtain 300 tons from Taiwan

A tuna auction at Tokyo's Toyosu fish market last October: Japan had been seeking a 20% higher quota. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

PORTLAND, Oregon (Kyodo) -- The Pacific fisheries commission decided Friday to forego an increase in fishing quotas next year for bluefin tuna, a popular fish for sushi and sashimi, requested by Japan due to opposition from the United States.

Japan sought a 20 percent expansion of its 4,882-ton large bluefin tuna quota and a 10 percent hike in the small fish quota of 4,007 tons at the four-day meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission's Northern Committee.

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