For various historical reasons the Areas in the Pacific were not so developed, with the exception of Area 87 corresponding
to the CPPS area of competence. Initiatives for closer cooperation between agencies in the interest of better data, not
only in the field of tunas, have suggested that some changes are necessary to the present FAO fishing areas/boundaries in
The boundaries of fishing areas could be modified and adjusted according to new requirements, but it is inadvisable to introduce
too frequent amendments to the already established areas. Revisions to boundaries should only be introduced after consultation
with all the national fishery authorities and fishery agencies concerned with the areas under revision. Unless there are
other over-riding reasons, boundaries lines should be drawn along 5° lines of longitude and latitude.