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Tuna population under threat in Mediterranean

July 2014

Illegal fishing for Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean Sea continues to threaten the recovery of the species, a new study reports.

At least 79 media accounts of bluefin tuna catches above the EU quota have been collected in the past 12 months – 73 in Italy, five in Spain and one in Tunisia – showing a tally of 186 tonnes.

The figures have been gathered by The Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-profit global research body based in Washington DC, and, a group working for the preservation of the Mediterranean ecosystems, headquartered in Italy.

The future of the bluefin tuna is “highly uncertain”, says the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas. Those fears for the survival of the fish are shared by Amanda Nickson, of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Nickson, who is director of global tuna conservation for the organisation, said: “As the fishing season ends, we’re reminded that every fish caught illegally undermines the recovery of this population and the actions of legal fishers operating by the rules within the set quota.”

The study was published through, a seafood industry information provider in Maine, New England.

Global | Conservation

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