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MAJURO, Marshall Islands (August 28, 2000 – Radio Australia)---An unprecedented fisheries treaty to conserve the Pacific's valuable tuna stocks, is expected to be signed by more than 20 countries in August in Fiji.

Officials in the Marshall Islands say while it is unlikely that agreement will be reached on all aspects of the treaty by August, most countries involved are expected to sign the treaty.

Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority director Danny Wase said a 2000 deadline for completing negotiations was set when the first ''multilateral high level conference'' on fisheries was held to launch treaty talks in 1997.

The treaty would be a world-first in terms of management and conservation of the valuable Pacific tuna fishery, which is estimated to generate revenue of more than $3 billion a year.

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