Two on Tuna: Japan Suspends Fishing, Indian Ocean Catch Drops

photo by Takeshi Igarashi

Over-consumption of natural resources is at the heart of nearly every global environmental problem we face. Too many people collectively consuming too many resources, the cruel irony of which is that nevertheless there are countless numbers of people without basic survival necessities, let alone a new iPod. On that tack, here are two examples of fish stock depletion:

Indian Ocean Tuna Catch Declines
Reuters is reporting that tuna stocks in the Indian Ocean have "declined sharply" in the past two years.
Whether you believe conservationists who say that overfishing has reduced population numbers, or the fish processors who say that climatic conditions are pushing the fish deeper and deeper, out of reach of their nets, the end result is still environmental in nature. And the economic impact on the region's $6 billion industry remains the same.

Commenting on the recent decline, the head of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission said, "We cannot rule out the possibility that overfishing has occurred."

via :: Reuters
Japanese Tuna Ships Will Stay in Port for Two Months
Directly citing concerns about collapsing tuna stocks, the BBC reports ships from Japan's largest fisheries cooperative have decided to suspend operations temporarily to allow fish stocks to replenish themselves.

This means that about 230 ships will stop fishing, for a combined period of two months over the next two years. The halt will result in a reduction in Japan's tuna catch of about 5%.

Recognizing that a Japanese-only suspension will not be enough to restore the dwindling tuna population, it intends to coordinate this action with similar fisheries organizations in China, South Korea and Taiwan.

via :: BBC News
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