11/19/2010 - With the Atlantic bluefin tuna being fished to extinction, environment groups have increased their pressure on governments to take action to protect the species.
Organisations such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Pew Environment Group and Greenpeace have mounted a strong campaign at the start of a 10- day meeting here of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), the much-maligned agency charged with managing bluefin stocks.
The Pew Environment Group has meanwhile called for creating spawning ground sanctuaries in the Mediterranean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, the fish’s only known breeding areas. This would mean prohibiting the catch of bluefin in these grounds.
Read the full article Tough Action Urged to Protect Bluefin Tuna on the Inter Press Service's Web site.