Farming Fuels Bluefin Depletion, says WWF

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
14 March 2008, at 12:00am

EUROPE - Mediterranean Bluefin tuna could become extinct if fishermen continue to pursue dwindling stocks, says a report published yesterday by the WWF

According to Metro, The 'unsustainable' situation is also being fuelled by a rise in tuna farming or ranching, whereby caught fish are enclosed and fattened up before being sold at high prices in Japan

The conservation group is calling for a swift reduction in the 600-strong Mediterranean bluefin tuna fishing fleet, which has an annual catch potential of just under 55,000 tonnes. That is almost twice the 28,500-tonne quota set this year for the endangered species.

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