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Japan extends tuna fishing quotas to larger bluefin

New cap restricts catch over 30 kg to protect sushi favorite

Pacific bluefin tuna from waters off Oma in northern Japan would receive the largest share of the government's proposed quota. (Photo by Takumi Sasaki)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government plans to introduce catch quotas for Pacific bluefin tuna weighing more than 30 kg, expanding restrictions on the popular fish to help restore stocks depleted by overfishing.

The proposal to be presented to ruling party lawmakers on Friday by the Fisheries Agency will set a total allowable catch of 4,627 tons, slightly above the roughly 4,500 tons caught last year. Each prefecture will be assigned a specific fishing limit.

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