02/02/2010 - Atlantic albacore tuna have long paddled in the shadow of their bigger, more expensive, and more endangered cousins, Atlantic bluefin tuna. Now, "the forgotten tuna" is finally getting some respect, but for all the wrong reasons.
Speaking at the Seafood Choices Alliance's Seafood Summit in Paris last weekend, Phil Kline, Senior Oceans Campaigner at Greenpeace, said, "Albacore is managed, or should I say mismanaged, by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT). On ICCAT's watch, according to Kline, bluefin populations have been driven to the brink of extinction. "ICCAT's performance is an international disgrace," he added. "This does not bode well for albacore."
"Despite dramatic drops in catches across the board, they tell fishermen, 'We don't know for certain whether the population is in collapse, so go ahead and fish,'" said Gerald Leape, Senior Officer of the Pew Environmental Group. "We say no data, no fishing. We have to take measures now to stop albacore from going down the same road as bluefin." Pew notes that at the very least, ICCAT should immediately reduce catch limits to be no higher than current annual harvest levels.
Read the full article Rescuing Tuna Salad on The Atlantic's Web site.