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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (July 7, 1999 Radio Australia)---Solomon Islands’ Minister of Fisheries Dr. Steve Houmonu says tuna resources are on the upswing again in the Melanesian country.

Tuna had lost its number one position as a foreign revenue earner to the logging industry in the early 1990s, but began to make a comeback in 1997 as log prices collapsed in Asian markets.

Houmonu said tuna exports collected US$ 10 million last year and are expected to continue to rise this year.

According to Houmonu, the Solomon Islands has the largest domestic based tuna industry in the central and western Pacific region, with some of the most productive tuna fisheries inside the Solomons’ exclusive economic zone.

However, Houmonu warns the Solomon Islands must handle its tuna resource in a sustainable manner as it moves towards the next millenium.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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