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Posted by ampontan on Saturday, August 4, 2012

The photo above was published in the Joongang Daily of South Korea yesterday. It ran with this caption.

About 200 tons of blue fin tuna are auctioned at a fish market in Busan yesterday. Seven fleets of tuna fishing boats caught the school of blue fin tuna on Sunday east of Jeju Island. The total amount of blue fin tuna auctioned off this year by last Sunday was 109 tons. An 84-kilogram (185-pound) tuna sold for 2.4 million won ($2,000) at the auction.

Also yesterday, the following article appeared in the Nishinippon Shimbun:

“Japan’s Fisheries Agency revealed that it had received a response from the South Korean government in regard to their July request that South Korea limit its catch of bluefin tuna. The agency said the Korean answer was that it would be “difficult” (i.e., it’s not going to happen).

“The agency also said it would study the reply carefully to determine its response. According to the agency, the South Korean government explained that one of the reasons their fishermen catch so many bluefin tuna is that the fish accidentally get caught in their nets spread to catch aji and saba (two varieties of mackerel). The South Korean government said it was not intentional. The agency added that South Korea recognized the necessity for international cooperation in resource management. The South Koreans also asked Japan to provide data on their bluefin tuna imports.

“Imports of the fish from South Korea have risen 2.5 times over the past year to about 1,349 tons. The agency is concerned that South Korea is not abiding by catch restrictions determined by international agreement.”

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