The US Tuna Treaty has survived / by Francisco Blaha

After some marathon negotiations in Auckland last week, it seems that the US treaty was rescued. This brought a welcomed sense of relieve to many of the "non-skipjack blessed countries" in the Pacific.

 Moving beyond the usual negotiating power

Moving beyond the usual negotiating power

At this stage, the agreement remains “in principle”. The US will need to rescind its earlier withdrawal, a decision that can only be made at the highest political levels. The Pacific still needs the endorsement of the Fisheries Ministers when they meet in Vanuatu in early July. Nevertheless, the negotiation delegations have both indicated their strong support for the outcomes.

A good press release from the session from my friends at FFA can be found here