Tokyo is planning to build an international event center at the site of the old Tsukiji tuna auction market.
By utilizing the 23-hectare Tsukiji plot, Tokyo is aiming on increasing the number of worldwide conferences to 330 putting it in the top-3 world event cities by 2024.
The demolition of the old fish market already began in October and the lot will be used as a transportation hub during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, giving Tsukiji two new purposes in the short and long term.
A Vietnamese fishing vessel rescued two Philippine fishermen who had been drifting at sea for days. They had set sail to catch tuna in waters between the Philippines and Vietnam.
The small boat they were on sank after facing problems at sea, leaving the two men drifting into Vietnam waters where they were spotted and rescued by the fishing vessel BD 95786 TS, which was catching tuna at the time in an area near Vietnam’s Truong Sa waters.
A third fishermen is still missing.
Data about the age of Atlantic bluefin tuna is being used as a technique to assess the status of its stocks. According to the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), this method is used by the ICCAT Scientific Committee. A very reliable procedure to estimate the age of tuna is by examination of their otoliths or "ear bones". In the last evaluation, the analysis of otoliths recorded a small but important overestimate of the age.
IEO is organizing a workshop next month to determine the growth of Atlantic bluefin.