While Federal Cabinet ponders the conservation of resources and productivity on the land, Japan has been caught out cheating on the world’s ocean resources.
It’s been dragged into line by other fishing nations after it was found to have plundered the world’s stocks of southern bluefin tuna.
A report by the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin has found that Japan had illegally caught up to $6 billion worth of the fish over the past 20 years.
The report also found if Japan had stuck to what it was supposed to catch, the stock of Southern Bluefin would be at least five times larger.
While the Federal Government says Japan’s overcatch is “almost unforgivable,” it does accept that Japan has finally mended its ways.