Phone Briefing: Shaping the Fate of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna
The Pew Charitable Trusts hosted a media phone briefing on critical upcoming decisions for western Atlantic bluefin tuna – a population that is just 36 percent of what it was in 1970. Fisheries managers and scientists from around the world could shape the fate of this iconic species when they meet next week in Canada.
This meeting in Montreal from June 26-28 will set the stage for international negotiations to set catch limits for western Atlantic bluefin this year and beyond. It will also be the first signal of whether fisheries managers will choose to follow sound science and let this severely depleted population recover or ignore precaution and return to crippling levels of overfishing. Canada, host of this meeting, has been one of the most vocal advocates for taking a riskier approach and increasing the quota to maximize short-term economic gain.
Phone briefing participants:
- Amanda Nickson – director of global tuna conservation at The Pew Charitable Trusts (moderator)
- Dr. Andrew Rosenberg – director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists
- Dr. Susanna Fuller – coordinator of Marine Conservation at the Ecology Action Centre (Halifax, Nova Scotia)