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Flexible caps agreed on for Japan's beloved bluefin tuna

Outcome seen as mixed bag for world's No. 1 catcher, consumer

Pacific bluefin tuna is a favorite in Japan, and heavily used in sushi.

BUSAN -- An international fisheries council agreed Friday to adjust limits on catches of Pacific bluefin tuna, consumed heavily in Japan, based on progress in restoring stocks of the fish.

A northern subcommittee of the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission reached the decision on the last day of meetings. The flexible caps could take effect as soon as 2019, pending approval at a December meeting of the commission's main committee.

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