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A cluster of small Pacific islands is poised to make history in the management of global fish stocks. This week, when conservationists from around the world gathered at the fifth annual Our Ocean Conference in Bali, the Federated States of Micronesia unveiled a bold promise and issued an even bolder challenge: full transparency in tuna fishing by 2023 .It would promote future prosperity by helping ensure tuna stocks are fished sustainably, and foreign vessels in these waters don't take more than is legally permitted.With control over half of the world's supply of skipjack tuna and about a third of global tuna stocks, the PNA is a veritable OPEC of the sea.By committing to full transparency and pushing private partners to do the same, FSM will send a powerful signal that sustainable fishing practices are urgently needed to protect these crucial species.We hope this vision will be shared by FSM's Pacific neighbors, consumer advocates, and fishing partners gathered in Bali this week. Protecting half of the world's tuna stocks could be just the start of the global transparency revolution needed to protect our oceans and our future.
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