“Despite millions of pounds of tuna trans shipped through Pacific island ports, nobody has a precise count of the tonnage.
“The entire system for both industry and island fisheries managers revolves around estimates of the tonnage - a deficiency the Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority is attempting to remedy.
"Knowing how much fish a purse seiner really caught is not an easy task, not for industry or for the authorities," said Francisco Blaha,
“Last month, MIMRA started what is believed to be a world-first research program to determine the best system for weighing fish coming off a purse seiner to a carrier.
"The results will benefit not only the Marshall Islands but the whole region as there is trans shipment activity in Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Tuvalu, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands," said Mr Blaha.
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