Tuna producers worry about human, drug trafficking

Honolulu-- With the consumer market increasingly demanding to know their food is sourced ethically and sustainably, eight tuna-producing nations in the Pacific, Parties to Nauru Agreement, have decided to address human and drug trafficking as part of their fisheries surveillance efforts.

Frozen tuna at the market in Japan. (Wikimedia Commons)

Papua New Guinea National Fisheries Authority CEO Ludwig Kumoru told reporters ahead of the next week’s Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission annual meeting that fisheries officials agreed that it is also their responsibility to adopt measures to police the fishing industry to ensure that organized crime has no place in the Western and Central Pacific ocean.