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.
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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