Oversized fishing boats threaten tunas in the Mediterranean

March 13, 2008 / No Comments

bluefin tunas Oversized fishing boats threaten tunas in the Mediterranean

Tuna is a very expensive fish for sushi restaurants and the staggering price it sells for is the main reason why more and more boats are fishing in the Mediterranean. Environmental group WWF published their report yesterday and noticed that the legal international agreement quotas regarding the number of fishing boats is higher by 35%. This is why the bluefin tunas (“floating goldmines”) are threatened with extinction because of over-fishing.

“It is crazy […] The numerous new fleets are so modern and costly that fishermen are forced to fish illegally just to survive and worse, still, they are fishing themselves out of a job.” said WWF’s Sergi Tudela.

The quotas the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) have set are still very high but even so, the limits are being flouted. Some of the countries not declaring their full catches of tuna include Italy, Spain, Croatia and Libya.

via Reuters (picture by justaddwater2001)