Monday, 16 November 2009

Once again the world is failing on Tuna

Ahhh yes… it seems that the The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (Iccat) has taken the fudge option and decided not to save the bluefin tuna. Despite being told that for the good of the fish and they fishery that all fishing of this species must stop, they have instead only decided to lower the quota by a third, and also failed to understand that much of the tuna catch is undeclared anyway, so the size of the quota is not representative of the size of the catch…

This is one of the tragedies of the international agreements - blocking minorities. In this case the EU and hence ICCAT was victim of a blocking minority of Mediterranean nations, each of which makes money from tuna and has its own political reasons for bailing out the fishing industry.

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