Pacific Skipjack Tuna. US Department of State Photo via FishWatch.gov

 

The U.S. Tuna Fleet has been blocked from fishing in a tuna-rich region of the Pacific due to dispute over fishing fees. The U.S. fleet brings in $300-$400 million worth of tuna from these waters annually.

Skipjack Tuna. NOAA Photo (PD)

 

Yahoo News: The US Department of Commerce’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has told all US vessels they are prohibited from fishing in the region from January 1 until new licences are issued.

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), an umbrella group representing the island states, is refusing to issue new licences because the US tuna industry will not make a quarterly payment of US$17 million due Friday for 2016 fishing access. Read more from Yahoo News here…

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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