PACIFIC NATIONS WILL GATHER IN HONOLULU TO DISCUSS TUNA TREATY

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HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (August 27, 2000 – Hawai‘i Public Radio)---Representatives from 28 Pacific nations will be in Honolulu this week to continue talks on a treaty to regulate tuna fishing.

The delegates will take part in the Multilateral High-Level Conference on the Conservation of Fish Stocks.

At the heart of the discussions will be proposals to regulate the nearly two billion dollar tuna-fishing industry.

This week’s meeting will be the third in Honolulu in the past 18 months.

Some of the proposed rules include establishing quotas, using electronic monitoring devices on fish and allowing international observers on boats.

Japan, Taiwan, North Korea and South Korea have been reluctant to agree to these terms.

Nations also will discuss boundaries for the area to be regulated as well as the treaty’s budget.

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