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For fish to recover, countries must cooperate: Japan official

Fisheries Agency chief urges strict oversight of tuna and other catches

Catches of the Pacific saury, called sanma in Japanese, have declined drastically of late.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Cooperation with neighboring countries will be crucial to restoring stocks of Pacific saury and other fish facing marked declines in catches, says the chief of the Japan Fisheries Agency.

In an interview with The Nikkei, Director-General Shigeto Hase also called for fishers to strictly manage their catches of the badly overfished Pacific bluefin tuna. Edited excerpts follow.

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