Environment Group: Bluefin Tuna Under Pressure as Twice as Much Traded as Quotas Allow For

Publication: Associated Press


10/18/2011 - Over twice as much of the rare eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean is traded than catch quotas allow for, according to a scientific study released Tuesday, further threatening the survival of the dinnertime favorite at sushi bars across the globe.

The Pew Environment Group said that the 141 percent gap between the two last year does not even take into account the black market, which would further highlight the extreme pressure the stocks of one of the world’s most expensive fish is under in the Mediterranean.

Pew bluefin tuna expert Lee Crockett said that “the bluefin trade is rife with fraud and misinformation,” and called for a change from a corruption-prone paper trail of documents to full electronic boat-to-chopsticks surveillance of the trade by the time the 2012 season opens.

Read the full article, Environment Group: Bluefin Tuna Under Pressure as Twice as Much Traded as Quotas Allow For, by visiting the Washington Post's Web site.

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