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S. Korea gets extra tuna catch quota in Pacific Ocean

All Headlines 09:27 December 13, 2017

SEOUL, Dec. 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has secured over 1,000 tons of additional catch quota for bluefin tuna in the Pacific Ocean under a regional fisheries body agreement, the maritime ministry said Wednesday.

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) granted South Korea a quota of 13,942 tons of bluefin tuna in the southern Pacific for next year, 1,073 tons up from this year, the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans said.

South Korea exported around 225,000 tons of tuna worth US$575 million last year, accounting for a quarter of the nation's seafood exports, according to the ministry data.

The WCPFC sets limits on tuna catches to protect the dwindling species from overfishing. Tuna is considered a prized delicacy in Asian countries, especially in Japan.

A chef cuts up a large tuna at the Japanese restaurant in Lotte World Mall in southern Seoul on April 9, 2017, in this photo provided by Lotte Asset Development. (Yonhap)

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