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Japan puts flexible catch limits on menu at bluefin talks

Tokyo looks to balance tuna conservationists, fisheries industry

Japan is the leading consumer of Pacific bluefin tuna.

TOKYO -- Japan hopes to appease both the fisheries industry and the country's environmentally conscious peers this week with its proposal to adjust the catch limits for Pacific bluefin tuna depending on progress toward reaching a crucial conservation goal.

The authority governing Pacific bluefin tuna fisheries meets Monday through Friday in Busan, South Korea. The Northern Committee of the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission will weigh changes to a conservation plan that aims to increase the stock of spawning bluefin tuna to 41,000 tons by 2024.

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