They agree to halve blue tuna fishing


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Bluefin tuna is one of the most popular sushi ingredients.

An international fisheries organization showed Thursday a substantial cut starting next year in the catch of blue or common tuna in an attempt to double its amount in the oceans in ten years.

The decision of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) was announced after a four-day meeting in the Japanese city of Fukuoka.

Environmentalists welcomed the decision saying the plan to reduce catches is only a first step to save bluefin tuna, whose populations have been greatly reduced by overfishing.

Japan, the world’s largest consumer of bluefin tuna, has also pledged to reduce its catches.

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