The plight of the bluefin tuna

2010-10-22 09:25

The plight of the bluefin tuna is the front line of the war to save our seas. The race to catch the last of these majestic fish has already started. Sushi eaters across the world are part of the problem, as are celebrity chefs who offer up tuna steak recipes.

Jamie Oliver is one of the chefs who have pledged to only serve sustainable fish after being called out by investigative journalist Charles Clover.

Clover has brought about a sea change for a host of high-end restaurants – notorious for their disregard for sustainable fish – in his native England.

Roberto Bregazzi, a former tuna fisherman turned activist, is currently in Paris preparing for the next battle in the war to save this fish from imminent extinction.

When scientists who advise the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas met last month, they did not go far enough in cutting quotas.

The World Wildlife Fund says a cut to 6?000 tons a year is imperative, but scientists have set the quota at more than double that figure.

Bregazzi says he is currently collecting evidence that proves that the nations that benefit the most from bluefin tuna fishing are being economical with the truth about their catches.

The trouble is that the legal quotas are only part of the picture.

Add to this the illegal trawlers and, of course, the habit of developed nations to outsource their fish.

Fishermen in Senegal who have made their living from fish for generations can no longer do so because the government has sold the fishing rights off its coastline to other countries.

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