Efforts to save tuna fisheries so far a ‘total failure’

September 1, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to John Rowley for this article.

Countries that have signed up to the international tuna treaty have totally failed to come up with ways to cap fishing capacity, conservationists report. Most are failing to follow the advice of their own scientists and together they are making only slow progress in reducing illegal fishing, overfishing and bycatch of other marine life.

Three scorecards, produced by WWF for the regional fisheries meeting which opened in San Sebastain, Spain, today, found that not one of the 80 governments involved is doing a good job in any area. Most are making slow progress and have room for improvement, but some are falling miserably in important areas.

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