11/27/2010 - International fisheries negotiators agreed Saturday to maintain the 2011 catch of endangered Mediterranean and eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna at essentially the same level as in 2010, eliciting a stinging rebuke from conservationists, who had been calling for a fishing moratorium.
The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, or ICCAT, meeting here, voted to reduce the total allowable bluefin catch next year to 12,900 tons from 13,500 tons. That decrease will have little effect in practice, because of rampant illegal fishing and the inability or unwillingness of fishing and consuming nations to track trade in the species accurately.
Susan Lieberman, director of international policy for the Pew Environment Group, said in a statement, “It is now clear that the entire management system of high-seas fisheries is flawed and inadequate.”
Read the full article Group Votes to Keep Fishing Levels of Bluefin Tuna Stable on The New York Times' Web site.