Five of Eight Species of Tuna “at risk of extinction”
July 16, 2011 1 Comment
Enjoy your apex-predator fish while you can, world out there. Keep in mind any attempts to officially list tuna species as highly threatened or at risk of extinction have been blocked by major fishing nations, notably Japan. If you’ve seen The Cove, you probably already know how that looks.
The study said some of the species were heavily over-fished, with little interest in conserving them because of the high commercial value of the catch.
There were also difficulties in regulating the multinational fisheries which exploit the stocks.
IUCN experts warned that all three bluefin tuna species – southern, Atlantic and Pacific – were susceptible to collapse because of pressure from fishing for the high-value fish.
- IUCN Report On Ocean Conservation Has Good And Bad News For Tuna Lovers (huffingtonpost.com)
- More Than Half of Tuna Species Face Extinction, But Overfishing Is Too Profitable to Stop (alternet.org)