Pacific Tuna Overfishing to be Addressed in Panama City


photo by Mithril via flickr

Last Friday brought the news that the EU has banned fishing for Bluefin Tuna in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean. Next week the issue of overfishing of Pacific tuna stocks will be addressed at the annual meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, in Panama City, Panama. So far the group has failed to adopt binding resolutions on the matter, perhaps this year will be different.
Pacific tuna stocks on severe decline
What's at stake is the sustainability of Bigeye and Yellowfin tuna stocks in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Populations of both are on the decline, both in overall population and individual fish size. The problem stems from too many boats, with too much technology, chasing fewer and fewer fish with no effective mechanism in place to restrict catches or allow for fish populations to recover.

Greenpeace has a very informative list of species which it calls "red fish" all of which are being fished in unsustainable ways. Bluefin, Bigeye, Yellowfin and Albacore Tuna are all on the list.

Overfishing is global problem
According the Food and Agricultural Organization over 70% of fish species are currently in danger of collapse. A 2006 study from the National Center of Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) projects a collapse of all global fish stocks by 2048 at current rates of fishing.

Still think it's cool to eat Tekka Maki? Didn't think so.

via :: ENN
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