Multibillion-dollar tuna management body at a crossroads
Nov. 22, 2012
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pew Environment Group will host a media phone briefing on the upcoming meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) in
. The briefing will take place
Tuesday, Nov. 27
Twenty-five member WCPFC governments will gather
to discuss conservation and management of tuna in the western and central Pacific Ocean, the source for more than half of the world's tuna. They also will take up management measures for several species of threatened sharks and explore possible solutions to illegal fishing. In addition, Pew experts attending the
meeting will provide an overview of economic and environmental issues related to tuna, sharks, and illegal fishing. A question-and-answer session will follow brief remarks by the speakers.
Tele-press briefing on WCPFC
Tuesday, Nov. 27
8 p.m. EST
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 0100 GMT
- Gerald Leape, Pew's WCPFC delegation lead, will give a brief overview and touch on actions the WCPFC can take to crack down on illegal fishing.
- Amanda Nickson, director of global tuna conservation for the Pew Environment Group, will address the key tuna issues on the WCPFC agenda.
- Elizabeth Wilson, manager of global shark conservation for the Pew Environment Group, will speak about shark conservation measures that the WCPFC may consider.
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This briefing is for credentialed media only. An audio file of the call will be posted to
after the briefing. High resolution images and B-roll video will be available online and by request.
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