EU seems to have somewhat come to it’s senses and are finally banning fishing of bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Ocean. The EU fishing regulators believe that the stock would collapse if the fishing was to be continued and will stop it June 16th, 2 weeks prior to the official ending. This ban will affect boats from Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain, but for some reasons boats from Spain can fish for another week.
Last year the EU fishing float caught 25% more tuna than their quota and researches believe that the population of bluefin tuna would go extinct if nothing was done.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) welcomes the ban, but is concerned that Spain get an extended week of fishing. In the future WWF want more extensive protection like a total ban on fishing in June which is the key spawning month for the bluefin tuna. They are also proposing a drastic reduction on the fishing capacity and a drastic reduction in the quotas or even a total ban for some years so the population is able to recover. The extensive illegal fishing need to be stopped immediately!
Sounds like it is time to cut out tuna, caught in this area, from our diet.

A friend of mine that runs afishblog.com has written several times about the bluefin tuna that is facing extinction. Check out his bluefin tuna section on the blog for more information about the issues. You can also find some amazing pictures of fishing of bluefin tuna at the Norwegian coast. Here is one example:
bluefin tuna fishing

2 Responses to “EU banning fishing of the endangered bluefin tuna”

  1. 1Magnus on Jun 15, 2008 at 7:15 pm:

    As long as there is a quota on Atlantic bluefin tuna there will be over fishing.

  2. 2RennyBA on Jun 16, 2008 at 10:13 pm:

    Great post – I do agree: regulations is necessary – saving the resources is much more important than commercial interest!