ICCAT, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, has not prevented bluefin tuna becomes overfished. The reason is the high price it fetches in international markets. Overfishing has led to a 60% fall in reproduction biomass of bluefin tuna in the last 10 years, and the species is on the verge of collapse. Oceana urges the European Union to fight illegal fishing, eliminate overcapacity of the fleet –especially purse seiners– and reduce the capacity of fattening cages. Most of all, it is essential to ban international trade through CITES, as more than 80% of total catches are sent to Japan.
1. Oceana recommendations for ICCAT meeting, 2009 oceana.org/fileadmin/oceana/uploads/europe/reports/Save_bluefin_tuna_Brazil.pdf
2. Bluefin Tuna larval survey oceana.org/fileadmin/oceana/uploads/europe/reports/Informe_Larvas_atun_ING_web.pdf
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