Press Conference: Pacific Bluefin Tuna: Shared Resources, Shared Responsibilities, Shared Rewards, By Hanaoka, Nickson & Yamaguchi
Tuna experts from global NGOs, the World Wildlife Fund, the Pew Charitable Trust and Greenpeace
Wakao Hanaoka, Senior Ocean Campaigner, Greenpeace
Amanda Nickson, Director, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Aiko Yamauchi, Fishery and Seafood Project, WWF Japan
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English
As the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) prepares to meet in Fukuoka next month, tuna experts from global NGOs the World Wildlife Fund, the Pew Charitable Trusts and Greenpeace have joined forces to call on the participants to the ensure that the prized Pacific bluefin tuna stock are managed based on the best available scientific evidence rather than commercial realities.
Representatives from the three organisations will outline the deteriorating state of the bluefin tuna, a key ingredient for washoku cuisine, and give examples of fishery disasters which occur when scientific evidence is ignored by industry managers. They will provide updates on the latest findings and suggested conservation steps from scientists of the International Science Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the Northern Pacific Ocean, and recap what the currently-agreed commitments from the various countries in the region are.
Finally they will discuss what Japan and other key players can do to resolve what they call a crisis in the population of Pacific Bluefin tuna. All three speakers have extensive backgrounds in the conservation of marine species and the sustainable seafood issue.
Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.
Professional Activities Committee
Wakao Hanaoka Amanda Nickson Aiko Yamauchi