Atlantic Bluefin Tuna in Danger, International Commission On the Hot Seat

Publication: PBS Newshour

Author: Jenny Marder


11/17/2010 - The Atlantic bluefin tuna has been devastated to near extinction by overfishing, pollution and lagging confidence in the agency tasked with protecting it.

Conservationists have slammed the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas for mismanaging the endangered fish. Two years ago, an independent review characterized the agency's handling of tuna as an "international disgrace." Today in Paris, the group began a series of meetings to decide the creature's fate.

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"What we're fighting for is the most valuable fish in the sea," said Gerry Leape, a senior officer with the Pew Environment Group's international marine policy unit. The taste of the tuna's soft underbelly is so exquisite, he said, that a fish was once valued at $175,000. On principle, Leape has never tried the fish himself.

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