US tuna fleet defends fishing rights in Pacific States

American Tunaboat Association said it would resist efforts by Pacific States to restrict their fishing rights in high seas.

The American Tunaboat Association (ATA) is calling for the protection of US fishing rights at a regional fisheries meeting held in Fiji, reports Radio New Zealand.

Brian Hallman, executive director at ATA, said the association's main approach is to ensure that all management proposals are science based.

He said in the past that had not always been the case and rules should be applied and enforced equally for all fishing fleets.

Hallman said some Pacific states wanted to further restrict fishing on the high seas for political and economic reasons, and ATA would resist any such efforts.

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