Blogging About Critters Since 2007

Monday, December 3, 2007

Last Great Tuna Fishery in Danger

I worked as an accountant for a half-billion dollar seafood company in the United States. One of the company's top finfish sales was tuna "product." So, believe me, I know that the amount of waste in the seafood industry is outstanding. Overharvesting is just the tip of the iceberg.

Delegates from over 40 countries began meeting Monday {today} at a Pacific fisheries conference in Guam amid warning signs the world's last great tuna fishery is heading for crisis.

Some argue the western and central Pacific fishery -- which supplies over half the world's tuna -- is in trouble already.

Attempts to improve conservation measures will be put to the five-day meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, which includes delegates from Pacific nations and major fishing countries.

....The commission believes the two most endangered species -- yellowfin and bigeye -- need a reprieve if the fishery is to remain sustainable.

The bigeye catch needs to be reduced by 25 percent and yellowfin by 10 percent, commission executive director Andrew Wright told AFP.

Skipjack is usually caught in nets by sophisticated purse-seine fishing vessels from countries including Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea and other so called distant water fishing nations.

The purse-seiners accounted for 72 percent of the total catch in the region last year.

But the purse-seiners -- some modern hi-tech vessels are capable of catching up to 10,000 tonnes annually -- also catch large numbers of juvenile yellowfin and bigeye as bycatch.

Long-line boats capable of reeling out massive lines carrying thousands of baited hooks catch most of the mature bigeye and yellowfin, which are sold at premium prices on the fresh tuna market.

Greenpeace argues the commission has under-estimated the impact of illegal and unreported fishing.

Photo by antisocial_001.


Antisocial said...

I don't mind you using my photo but you could've asked me first.
Could you at least change the "Photo by antisocial_001" so it's a hot link as you've done with other post.

Antisocial said...

The photo of mine that you used at the top of this post was not taken on a commercial fishing boat. It was taken on a sportfishing boat out of San Diego that was fishing off the Baja coast.

mrbarky said...

Why are you posting this stuff in the creative commons area of Flickr if you don't want people to use it? From what I understand, people are free to use the pictures as long as use the attribution (the missing hotlink was an oversight on our part).

We will not use your pictures if that is what you prefer.

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