Campaigners Seek Ban on Industrial Fishing of Bluefin Tuna

Publication: Agence France Presse


11/16/2010 - Four major non-governmental organisations called Tuesday for an outright ban on industrial fishing of bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and "ranching" of this fast-dwindling species in the Mediterranean.

The joint appeal came on the eve of a meeting in Paris of the 48-nation International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT), which sets the rules and quotas for tuna fishing in both seas.

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Eastern Atlantic bluefin stocks have dropped by 85 percent in 30 years, which "should be a warning sign to governments," said Remi Parmentier, a consultant for the Washington-based Pew Environment Group.

Along with Greenpeace and WWF International, Pew and Oceana called in a joint statement for ICCAT to close industrial purse-seine fishing and farming.

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