Mediterranean Blue Fin Tuna Catch Out of Control
Fishing boats in the Mediterranean Sea are still catching more Bluefin tuna than they report, a new study finds.
The report, commissioned by the Pew Environment Group last year, found that 140 percent more Mediterranean tuna entered the market last year than what was reported. Lccat, the fishing regulator for the Bluefin, introduced new measures to stop overfishing two years ago, but environmentalists still say there is a lack of regulation.
"And as you can see, they clearly haven't fixed the problem - in fact, the gap [between the reported and total catches] has increased, which is a pretty clear indication that they need to do a much better job of making sure that the catch reports track the quota," said Lee Crockette, the director of PEW’s Atlantic tuna efforts.
In other words, the best way to catch an illegal 200 tons of Bluefin tuna is just to report 50.