Easy on the sushi

and with Sashimi. In this country Century isn’t just a count of years but a very popular brand of canned tuna. So maybe easy on that too. I know it’s a good source of clean healthy protein, but the following news is a cause for concern, and a reason for action.

Tuna fish may face ‘extinction’ 
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Environmental campaigners have accused the main Atlantic tuna fishing nations of ignoring their own scientific advice and raised the prospect of the fish being driven into extinction.

Groups including Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), condemned a meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (Icaat) in Morocco that set the figure for the number of tuna that fisherman will be allowed to catch at 22,000 tonnes.

The WWF said Icaat had rejected the advice of its own scientists who had wanted the 2009 catch cut drastically from 28,500 tonnes in 2008 to a figure between 8,500 and 15,000 tonnes.

Bluefin stocks in the Mediterranean have sunk to such low levels that earlier in the year both Spain and Japan called for a suspension of the fishery.

The WWF, Greenpeace, who called the decision “disastrous and shameful”, and other environmental groups want a complete moratorium on the fishing of bluefin tuna, which is an endangered species.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Willie Mackenzie, oceans campaigner for Greenpeace, said that ultimately the continued quotas could lead to the extinction of the fish in the long term. (read post here)

WWF: Yellowfin tuna sector may collapse
By Ronnel Domingo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:46:00 11/30/2008

THE WORLD WIDE FUND FOR NATURE (WWF) has warned that the country’s biggest marine exporter, the yellowfin tuna industry, was in danger of collapse due to overfishing.

The WWF said in a statement that overfishing of yellowfin tuna, which mainly breeds in the Western and Central Pacific region particularly the Sulu Sea region, could cause the collapse of the industry, in the same way it did the Mediterranean bluefin tuna.

The group urged the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission to take prompt action that would mean “dramatic changes in the way tuna is harvested, without which fisheries could collapse.

The Micronesia-based WCPFC groups 32 counties and territories, including the Philippines.

WWF said that in 2005, scientific advice indicated that overfishing of yellowfin tuna was occurring in the region and urgent action needed to be taken. (read full article here)

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