Mr Tupou says PITIA is prepared to make sacrifices and Pacific countries and distant water fishing nations should too.
The Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association (PITIA) says nations of the region must act urgently if a crash in the valuable stocks is to be avoided.
Scientists meeting at the region’s tuna management body, the Central and Western Pacific Fisheries Commission, have heard bigeye tuna stocks are down to just 16 per of the original population.
“I think the key is for both parties, both the (Pacific Islands) Forum Fisheries Agency countries as well as the distant water fishing nations to make the necessary sacrifices that we need to make room for conservation.
“Yes, the fleet is majority from the distant water fishing nations, but the licensing authorities for fishing in our zones lie within the Pacific countries.
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