11/17/2010 - It's succulent and sought-after, a prized fish with a steep price: A single bite of Atlantic bluefin tuna can sell for more than $20 in Tokyo sushi restaurants.
But that demand has led to overfishing, and environmentalists say the world needs to act now to save the species at a meeting that started Wednesday in Paris.
The bluefin is the "poster child for mismanagement," Susan Lieberman, director of international policy for the Pew Environment Group, told The Associated Press.
She said the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, or ICCAT, the body that regulates bluefin fishing and is meeting in Paris, has been largely to blame, letting the situation get out of control.
"There's tremendous fraud and cheating going on, and it's time to really recognize it and do the right thing so the fish can recover," said Lieberman, who is sitting in on the Paris meetings and wants fishing of the species suspended entirely for now.
Read the full article Tuna Tussle: How Much Fishing is Too Much? on MSNBC's Web site.