BASS BARN banner

1 - 7 of 7 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
277 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Bid to Save
Bluefin Tuna Rejected​
Despite evidence of out-of-control fishing and dire predictions of stock collapse from their own scientific advisors, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) rejected a proposal by the United States to enact a 3-year moratorium on eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna.
Bill Hogarth, director of the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. representative to ICCAT, stated in an October 2007 open letter that the ban was necessary to allow these fisheries to begin to recover from severe overfishing and to allow countries to put monitoring measures in place.
“The eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna stock is declining and in danger of collapse,” wrote Hogarth. “We can no longer delay strong action by the international community to protect this species … A moratorium on this fishery is the most enforceable step ICCAT can take to ensure the future of this species and the fishermen that depend on it.”
Instead, ICCAT vowed to improve catch monitoring and asked nations that fish for eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna to submit detailed reports on how their current regulations are being implemented. The U.S. has stressed the need for participating nations to provide a concrete account of how many fish are landed to improve ICCAT control over the fishery.
European Commission ignores scientists’ warnings
For over a decade, scientists have been sounding the alarm that catches of eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna are too high and must come down. Five years ago, the European Commission championed a plan that set catches at 32,000 metric tons per year for four years, a level that far exceeded the 25,000 metric tons recommended by scientists to stabilize the stock. Adding insult to injury, catches from 2002 to 2006 exceeded the quota by an annual overage of about 50 percent, leading to a total quota overrun of 72,000 metric tons.
In 2006, even with ICCAT’s scientists warning of stock collapse, ICCAT again set total catches far in excess of scientifically determined levels. ICCAT scientists advised that total catches on the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin stock should not exceed 15,000 metric tons if the decline of the stock was to be stopped. The adopted plan, however, set the quota at 29,500 metric tons for 2007, nearly twice the scientifically recommended level. Now, ICCAT has failed to take action on the dire warning from their own scientific committee that “large adjustments to current management measures would now be necessary to enable recovery, otherwise collapse is at this point probable.”​
Concerns about western stock
With mounting evidence that mixing occurs between the bluefin tuna stocks on each side of the Atlantic, New England tuna fishermen worry that European overfishing is negatively impacting the western Atlantic stock. This stock has been under an international rebuilding program since the late 1990’s, and compliance with the program by western harvesters has been very good. Despite following scientific advice and cutting quotas, catches in the western Atlantic Ocean remain low in certain areas. The reason for this is not well known, but there is a very real concern that the long-term poor management in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna fishery is at least partly to blame.
Endangered bluefin tuna?
The World Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace have condemned ICCAT for its inaction, and commercial tuna fishermen are concerned that those two groups could lobby to have bluefin tuna declared endangered. If the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is invoked, trade could be halted not just on the European and African catch, but also on the North American bluefin tuna that commercial fishermen sell to the international sushi market.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,345 Posts
Not that it doesn't need to be done, but how does it look for the US to propose to the world that everyone else should stop fishing for bluefin, but we are OK, and oh, btw, the stocks mix.

I'm just saying I am not at all suprised it was rejected.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
31,378 Posts
Sir Reel said:
Not that it doesn't need to be done, but how does it look for the US to propose to the world that everyone else should stop fishing for bluefin, but we are OK, and oh, btw, the stocks mix.

I'm just saying I am not at all suprised it was rejected.
The US has been conserving for the worlds benefit for the last 20 years. Our catch is about 5% of what it used to be. Lets see the EU do that. If the EU could reduce their catch to that the US would not ask for a moratorium.

They're asking for a moritorium because the EU has clearly demonstrated they can not reduce their catch and have no control over what people are catching.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9,458 Posts
We need to take a good look at Ourselves , I seriouly don't think the US is a major problem but we're no angles either.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,345 Posts
Fair assessment Picker... but I am sure that all of Europe is saying that we are making the rest of the world conserve for our benefit.

We do need to be careful, but yes, the eastern stocks are just getting slammed.
 
1 - 7 of 7 Posts
Top