Japan agrees to halve its tuna fishing quota

Updated: October 16, 2006, 6:26 PM ET
By Hiroko Tabuchi | Associated Press — Oct. 16, 2006

TOKYO — Japan on Monday promised to halve its quota for southern bluefin tuna as punishment for overfishing, but denied allegations it has poached thousands of tons of the endangered species every year.

Under an accord with an international conservation agency, Japan will reduce its annual catch to 3,000 tons for five years starting in 2007, down from the 6,065 tons it was allowed in 2006, Japan's Fisheries Agency said in a statement.

The global catch was also set to drop over ...

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