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Tuna Treaty in Tatters as Falling Prices Squeeze Boat Owners

A decades-old tuna treaty between the United States and Pacific Island nations is in tatters after the American fleet backed out of a commitment to the number of days it wants to pay to fish. “The U.S. tuna fishing industry now is unable to afford the fishing access envisioned in the Statement of Intent for 2016,” said Ory Abramowicz, a spokesman for the State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. “We recognize the difficulty posed to Pacific Island governments by the...

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