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2010-03-14 08:25:00

The head of the UN Wildlife trade organization said on Saturday that Atlantic bluefin tuna is in crisis and meets the criteria for a total ban on international trade, according to the AFP news agency. The 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is the only UN body that has the power to outlaw commerce in endangered wild animals and plants. The Convention will debate a proposal on bluefin tuna, as well as the status of African elephants, polar bears and...

2010-02-22 12:28:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Susan Lieberman, director of international policy for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to the European Commission's failure to reach an unqualified decision on the proposal to prohibit international trade of Atlantic bluefin tuna at the upcoming meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). "Today's 'recommendation' by the European Commission is a non-decision. Monaco...

2009-12-10 11:38:04

New findings cast uncertainty on previous population size assessments for the severely overfished white marlin and call for reassessment of international recovery efforts The prized white marlin, sought by anglers in million dollar prize tournaments and captured incidentally in commercial fisheries, is among the most overfished marine species under international management and the subject of contentious debate on how to best achieve its recovery. Now a new study published today in the journal...

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2009-11-16 12:25:00

The EU Commission has announced an agreement among 45 countries to lower the annual catch quota for threatened bluefin tuna in the Atlantic. The deal was struck at a meeting of the International Commission For The Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), which sets annual fishing limits in order to improve conservation of threatened species. According to the agreement, countries including the US, EU and Japan would cut their bluefin tuna fishing quotas to 13,500 tons next year. "It is a clear...

2009-11-15 16:08:00

PORTO DE GALINHAS, Brazil, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After meeting for ten days, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) refused to end fishing for Atlantic bluefin tuna. Instead, ICCAT set the catch limit for bluefin, considered the most valuable fish in the sea, at 13,500. Member countries also agreed on only one measure that will help conserve sharks in the Atlantic, a ban on the retention and landing of big eye threshers, but Mexico was...

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2009-11-06 05:45:00

Established to protect Atlantic tuna, an international fisheries group has actually driven the bluefin tuna to the brink of extinction, environmentalists announced Thursday. The night before a meeting in Brazil of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), an accusation was made by environmentalists saying that the group brazenly ignored the advice of its own scientists and has managed to drastically reduce the levels of bluefin tuna by setting fishing...

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2009-04-14 10:59:17

Atlantic bluefin tuna are in danger of being completely wiped out within the next three years due to overfishing, according to a report from conservation group WWF on Tuesday. At the current rate in which fishing practices are moving, the bluefin breeding population will disappear by 2012, said WWF. The report shows a significant decline in the population of breeding tunas over the past decade. It concludes that the entire population will be wiped out completely if fisheries managers continue...

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2008-11-25 16:15:00

In a move environmental groups called a "mockery of science", nations with involvement in trading Mediterranean bluefin tuna voted to maintain catches at levels nearly 50 percent above "safe" levels. The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICAAT) vote was blamed primarily on the European Union, who environmentalists say used trade issues to pressure smaller nations into supporting the measure. ICAAT's scientists initially said the total allowable catch (TAC) for...

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2008-10-29 08:10:00

Atlantic sharks may have hope for the future thanks to an international team of scientists who want to ban the catching of eight species. They want to add a strict limit on the catch of two others to try to prevent population crashes. Sharks are vulnerable to over-fishing because they reproduce and grow slowly. However, there are currently no international limits on shark catch according to the non-profit Lenfest Ocean Program. The group found in a study that 10 species of Atlantic sharks...

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2008-10-14 14:29:02

Major calls for temporary closure of a Mediterranean tuna fishery business have been backed by major tuna-fishing nations, as they have been branded a "disgrace" by a recent expert report. The World Conservation Congress passed a motion calling for closure of the bluefin fishery until scientifically sound recovery plans are in place. They say catches are estimated to be about four times higher than scientists recommend. Both Spain, which has the biggest quota for Mediterranean tuna, and...


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