South Korea: Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries leads discussions on protecting Atlantic whale resources
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Published Dec 4, 2023
The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries attended a recent meeting of the ICCAT and led discussions on tuna conservation and fishing management. Korea proposed a resolution on whale protection measures, which was unanimously adopted by member countries. Measures were also adopted to protect bycatch species and discussions were held on responding to climate change's impact on Atlantic tuna resources.
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The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries announced that it attended the 28th general meeting of the ICCAT (Atlantic Tuna Conservation Commission) recently held in New Cairo, Egypt and actively led discussions on Atlantic tuna resource conservation and fishing management.
Korea noted that no whale protection measures have been established within ICCAT, and proposed the first resolution on whale protection measures to prevent whale entanglement during purse seine fishing at this general meeting, and this resolution was unanimously adopted by member countries.
In addition, at this general meeting, several measures were adopted to protect bycatch species, such as adjusting the total allowable catch (TAC) in accordance with the deterioration of the stock status of Atlantic blue sharks.
Discussions were also held to respond to climate change, an international problem. ICCAT member countries agreed to continue related discussions by establishing an action plan for future climate change, as climate change can also affect Atlantic tuna resources.
Minister of Oceans and Fisheries Cho Seung-hwan said, “Our country is actively participating in international efforts to preserve Atlantic marine biological resources, such as proposing legislation to protect Atlantic whale resources,” and added, “We will continue to balance the protection of Atlantic tuna resources as well as continuous fishing.” “We will do our best to accommodate this,” he said.