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Single Pacific bluefin tuna sold for £½ million at auction, as stock nears extinction

The Guardian reports, 5th January 2017: A bluefin tuna has fetched 74.2m yen (£517,000) at the first auction of the year at Tsukiji market in Tokyo, amid warnings that decades of over-fishing by Japan and other countries is taking the species to the brink of extinction. The 212kg fish, caught off the coast of Oma […]

Pacific tuna stocks continue to be fished unsustainably

The Guardian reports, 2nd September 2016:  Pacific island states and countries failed on Friday to strike a deal to protect shrinking supplies of tuna and adopt cutbacks following a regional conference, officials said, sparking condemnation from conservationists. The Pacific Ocean is the world’s largest tuna fishing ground, accounting for almost 60% of the global catch. […]

PEW Trust reports that worldwide tuna stocks are under severe fishing pressure

A PEW Trust Report, 2nd May 2016, which researches and reviews the condition of tuna species and stocks worldwide, and their economic value as a global fishery, reports: The reality is that fisheries management decisions continue to be based predominantly on the short-term economic bottom line — the amount of value gained or lost by […]

Pacific Bluefin Tuna has fallen 96% from its historic levels

The Pew Trust reports, 12th September 2015: The highly depleted population of Pacific bluefin tuna is one step closer to collapse after a meeting of fishery managers in Sapporo, Japan, concluded without agreement on any new conservation measures. Decimated by nearly a century of overfishing, the bluefin population has fallen 96 percent from un-fished levels […]

Pacific Tuna under severe pressure from over-fishing

The New Zealand Herald reports, 19th March 2015: “The Pacific’s tuna fishery is being hammered by over-fishing as the tiny nations controlling access to the some of the world’s richest waters hold out for more money and greater local investment. “There are fears big-eye, yellow fin and albacore tuna are teetering on the edge of […]

Global Oceans Commission launches petition in support of its Report

A Global Ocean Commission press release, 3rd July 2014, states: “A week ago the Global Ocean Commission released its report and proposals for restoring ocean health. If you have not seen the report you can see it here. “As part of the Global Ocean Commission’s commitment to breathe life into its proposals it has started […]

EU backs out of full protection for Atlantic bluefin tuna

Undercurrentnews reports, 2nd May 2014: The European Union has backed out of implementing the full version of an electronic bluefin catch documentation system that was hoped could combat the trade in illegally-caught tuna, according to Pew Charitable Trusts. After many years of delays and adjustments to the new electronic bluefin catch database (eBCD), the system […]

Campaign to secure the sale of sustainably sourced Tuna in UK supermarkets claims “success”

The Guardian reports, 10th April 2014: “LDH, owner of Oriental & Pacific, a brand stocked by Tesco and Asda, told campaigners it would sell only sustainably sourced tuna from April 2015. At present tuna for Oriental & Pacific is caught using the purse seine method involving large nets that scoop up all kinds of marine […]

Prof. Callum Roberts outlines the urgent task the new Global Ocean Commission must tackle

Prof. Callum Roberts writes in The Observer, 10th February 2013: “The oceans are changing faster today and in more ways than at any time in human history. We are the cause. Which is why I welcome the launch of the Global Ocean Commission, dedicated to ending the neglect, in international affairs, of the high seas. […]

UK supermarket plans to sell sustainably fished tuna

Sainsbury’s is to solely use Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified skipjack tuna from the Maldives in its own label canned product from next year. Already the UK’s largest retailer of MSC-certified sustainable fish in the UK – selling more than 130 products carrying the logo – the supermarket says the move is a significant step […]