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Proposed fishing limits could take bluefin off Japanese plates

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Pacific economies could further restrict bluefin tuna fishing to help rebuild depleted stocks.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Major Pacific fishing economies are discussing tougher restrictions on bluefin tuna catch this week at an international conference, to the concern of Japanese industry players and gourmands.

Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, the U.S. and five other fishing powers gathered Monday in Fukuoka, Japan, for a subcommittee meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. Strengthening measures to arrest declining fish stocks in the region is a key topic of the conference, which runs through Friday.

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