Fishing Nations Gear Up for Tuna Quota Talks

Publication: Reuters

Author: Leigh Thomas


11/15/2010 - Fishing nations will try to thrash out a deal on Atlantic bluefin tuna quotas in 2011 at talks that pit economic interests against those of environmental groups.

Nearly 50 member nations of the Madrid-based International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) meet in Paris on Wednesday for 10 days of annual negotiations.

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Susan Lieberman of the U.S.-based Pew Environmental Group said that Atlantic bluefin tuna stocks were so depleted that trimming back the quota again would simply not be enough.

"What we want them to do is suspend this fishery (fishing of bluefin tuna) and get it properly managed before we reopen it," she said.

Read the full article Fishing Nations Gear Up for Tuna Quota Talks on Reuters' Web site.

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