Mediterranean Overfishing Threatens Global Supply of Bluefin Tuna

Publication: The Globe and Mail

Author: Gloria Galloway

10/17/2011 - The international supply of bluefin tuna, which is worth millions of dollars to Canadian fishermen, is being threatened by operators in the Mediterranean who are illegally overharvesting the endangered and valuable fish.

The American-based Pew Environment Group released a study Monday showing that the amount of Atlantic bluefin tuna traded on the global market in 2010 exceeded the official international quota by 141 per cent.

And the gap is widening, Pew says. In 2008, the amount traded exceeded the quota by just 31 per cent. Neither year’s figures account for black-market bluefin that are not recorded in national or international trade databases.

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