World: Talks start to save Indian Ocean’s tuna

Published Mar 11, 2021

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Representatives of 30 nations were yesterday to meet to seek ways to save fast-depleting tuna stocks in the Indian Ocean as demand in Asia and the West soars for sushi and canned fish. The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), which groups coastal countries from Australia to Kenya plus major fishing region the EU, was convening virtually over five days to debate yellowfin tuna quotas.

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Environmentalists have said the warm-water species is at risk of depletion as overfishing compounds other threats from climate change and pollution. There is corporate concern, too: British supermarkets Tesco and Co-op, and Belgian retailer Colruyt last year pledged to stop buying Indian Ocean yellowfin unless the UN-mandated commission adopts a plan to rebuild stocks. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has for nearly a decade had the species on its “red list.” Yet the total global catch has risen by about one-third, to nearly 450,000 tonnes annually, according to the London-based Blue Marine Foundation advocacy group. It has estimated that yellowfin tuna stocks could “collapse” — meaning they would go beyond the minimum size needed for recovery — within the next five years if the catch is not cut. French and Spanish fishing fleets take the majority of fish, using industrial methods such as “purse seine” with huge nets that often net juvenile yellowfin yet to begin ...
Source: Taipeitimes
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