Industry Flouts Bluefin Catch Limits, Study Says

Publication: The New York Times' Green Blog

Author: David Jolly


10/18/2011 - A new study commissioned by the Pew Environment Group suggests that the fishing industry makes a mockery of efforts to regulate the catch of the endangered bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean.

The amount of eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna traded on the global market in 2010 exceeded the official quota by 141 percent — in other words, nearly two and half times what is mandated, according to an analysis commissioned by Pew. That was a significant rise from two years earlier, when global sales surpassed the quota by 31 percent, the report says.

The Pew study did not attempt to factor in black-market bluefin excluded from official databases. But a 2010 inquiry carried out by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists shed some light on that problem, asserting that not only was illegal fishing for bluefin rampant, but that several European governments had deliberately abetted the trade.

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