Libya Opens Up Waters For Bluefin Tuna Fishing, Threatening Species Recovery Plans
photo: Stewart Butterfield/Creative Commons
Illegal fishing for bluefin tuna by exceeding quotas, under-reporting quotas, and outright pirate fishing mean Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin are highly endangered. Now, as NATO forces assist rebel forces in attempting to oust Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has opened up its waters to bluefin fishing. And as WWF and Greenpeace point out in a dual statement, there's no agreed upon regulation plan and no effective monitoring of what may happen there.What's at risk is the recovery of bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean due to the coming expected assault on bluefin spawning area in the Gulf of Sirte (also known as the Gulf of Sidra)--the richest remaining area for bluefin.
Greenpeace urges the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas to take action against Libyan vessels preparing to sail from France and Malta:
If we want bluefin tomorrow, ICCAT must control the fishery--this is currently impossible in Libyan waters. This means ICCAT member countries must agree to suspend the fishery to protect their own plans to recover the species.
Read more: WWF
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