Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery at risk of collapse.
Fishers hauled in an estimated 44,948 tons of bluefin in 2004, exceeding ICCAT's annual quota of 32,000 tons for East Atlantic and Mediterranean fisheries by 40 percent. The catch grew to 45,547 tons in 2005. Factors contributing to the overfishing include rapidly rising Asian demand for sushi and sashimi, expansion of the U.S. market for fresh tuna, and the rising use of tuna-spotting airplanes and other highly efficient industrial fishing methods, according to the report.
"The European Commission risks bearing witness to the collapse of this centuries-old fishery," said Tom Grasso, director of Marine Conservation Policy at WWF. The organization demands an immediate closure of the fishery and is urging ICCAT to reduce tuna fishing to sustainable levels as well as to improve enforcement and reporting.
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|Date:||Sep 1, 2006|
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