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Cablegate: Taiwan Defends Its Pacific Tuna Quota

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS TAIPEI 005032

SIPDIS

STATE FOR OES/OMC FOR STETSON TINKHAM, EAP/TC

USDOC FOR NOAA/NMFS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SENV EFIS TW ESTH
SUBJECT: TAIWAN DEFENDS ITS PACIFIC TUNA QUOTA

REF: TAIPEI 4832

1. On 12/27 ESTHOFF visited Council of Agriculture Deep Sea
Fisheries Director Tsay Tzu-yaw for a read out of the
Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)
meeting held at Pohnpei, Micronesia December 12-16. News
reports had indicated that Taiwan eluded potential sanctions
at this meeting. Tsay confirmed the news reports and said
that the Japanese delegation proposed sanctions on Taiwan's
western Pacific tuna fleet similar to those imposed by the
International Convention on Conservation of Atlantic Tuna
(ICCAT) at its meeting in November this year (reftel). Tsay
said that Taiwan was able to avert the sanctions by
submitting detailed fishing data demonstrating that Taiwan's
Pacific fishing activities fell within its allocated quota
for albacore tuna. Underscoring the importance that Taiwan
places on retaining its remaining deep-sea fisheries quotas,
the Director of the Fisheries Administration, Shieh Dah-wen,
personally headed Taiwan's delegation to the WCPFC.


2. Tsay dismissed rumors circulating at the WCPFC meeting
that Shieh's Deputy, James Sha, might be leaving his
position in the aftermath of the ICCAT sanctions (Taiwan's
quota of big-eyed tuna was reduced by 70 percent). He went
on to say that Sha will continue to be lead shepherd at the
APEC Fisheries Working Group. Tsay confirmed that the timing
was on track for the APEC Fisheries Working Group Workshop
scheduled for May 8 in Taipei. He said that he looked
forward to working with the team from OES/OMC on fishing-
capacity issues during this meeting. PAAL

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