Navigation Links
Another fisheries commission throws the science overboard in tuna decision, WWF says
Date:12/12/2008

BUSAN, South Korea, December 12, 2008 The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) decision to make only minor reductions in fishing for bigeye and yellowfin tuna does nothing to help stop the demise of these species, World Wildlife Fund said today. The WCPFC disregarded the advice of its science committee and its chair in making this decision, which comes just a few weeks after the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) also rejected their scientists' pleas for significant cuts to catches in the face of declining tuna populations.

"Commissions charged with protecting tuna populations are proving completely ineffective and inadequate," said Mark Stevens, senior program officer at World Wildlife Fund. "If they are willing to ignore the advice of their own scientists then we can have little faith in their ability to prevent the demise of this species."

Measures adopted by the WCPFC allow for a catch reduction of less than seven percent for bigeye and yellowfin tuna, according to WWF, which is well below the scientists' recommendation of an immediate 30 percent reduction.

Several additional measures to monitor these tuna fisheries were discarded or delayed.

Another tuna species, the bluefin tuna, is massively overfished to feed the worldwide sushi market. As bluefin populations dwindle, bigeye and yellowfin tuna stocks are put under intense pressure to compensate. "Disappearing, collapsing and declining bluefin tuna fisheries increase demand for bigeye and yellowfin tuna to supplement the high value sushi market," said Stevens. "What we are seeing now is an international tragedy where the failure of one fishery adds stress on others."

WCPFC's failures will also have severe impacts on local communities in Pacific island states, where foreign fishing fleets are impacting the availability of fish and threatening the livelihoods of local fishermen. "Millions of people in island communities depend on fish from the equatorial Pacific, not only as a primary source of protein, but as a means to work and support their families," said Stevens. "These massive fishing fleets are on a path to completely wipe out Pacific tuna populations, which will be disasterous for these communities."


'/>"/>

Contact: Erika Viltz
erika.viltz@wwfus.org
202-778-9542
World Wildlife Fund
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Arctic ice on the verge of another all-time low
2. Viral recombination another way HIV fools the immune system
3. Ocean acidification -- another undesired side effect of fossil fuel-burning
4. For good or ill Ireland gains another mammal species
5. Another type of nanotube, a how-to guide to making bamboo-structured carbon nanotubes
6. Same gene protects from 1 disease, opens door to another
7. One species entire genome discovered inside anothers
8. A fisheries catch-22
9. Springer to publish Fisheries Science as of 2009
10. NC State takes research lead in protecting Puerto Ricos unique freshwater fisheries
11. New study offers solution to global fisheries collapse
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/30/2017)... Today, American Trucking Associations announced Seeing ... and eye tracking software, became the newest member ... "Artificial intelligence and advanced sensing algorithms ... driver,s attentiveness levels while on the road.  Drivers ... fatigue and prevent potential accidents, which could lead ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... GENOA, Italy , May 23, 2017  Hunova, the first robotic ... and trunk, has been officially launched in Genoa, Italy ... Europe and the USA . The ... launched on the market by the IIT spin-off Movendo Technology thanks to ... view the Multimedia News Release, please click: ...
(Date:5/6/2017)... , May 5, 2017 ... just announced a new breakthrough in biometric authentication ... exploits quantum mechanical properties to perform biometric authentication. These ... smart semiconductor material created by Ram Group and ... finance, entertainment, transportation, supply chains and security. Ram ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... October 11, 2017 , ... ... and pregnancy rates in frozen and fresh in vitro fertilization (IVF) ... maternal age to IVF success. , After comparing the results from the fresh ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... For ... has won a US2020 STEM Mentoring Award. Representatives of the FirstHand program travelled ... Volunteer Experience from US2020. , US2020’s mission is to change the trajectory of ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... ... process optimization firm for the life sciences and healthcare industries, announces a presentation ... San Francisco. , The presentation, “Automating GxP Validation for Agile Cloud Platforms,” will ...
(Date:10/9/2017)... ... October 09, 2017 , ... At its national board meeting in North Carolina, ... Harvard University’s Departments of Physics and Astronomy, has been selected for membership in ... team for the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental physics for the discovery of the ...
Breaking Biology Technology: