Cook Is­lands PM Henry Puna de­fends le­gal­ity of EU fish­ing deal

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The Cook Is­lands prime min­is­ter, Henry Puna, has re­jected op­po­si­tion claims that a deal with the Euro­pean Union on fish­ing ac­cess is il­le­gal. The op­po­si­tion had con­tended that the sec­re­tary of ma­rine re­sources, Ben Po­nia, by ini­tialling the plan, had acted il­le­gally. The US$6.5mil­lion (FJ$13.4m) deal would grant ac­cess to four EU purse sein­ers to catch up to 7000 tonnes of tuna a year in the Cooks’ Exclusive Eco­nomic Zone. Source: RNZI

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