20 Nov '11, 3pm

Conflict in Libya, 'Fattening Farms' in Mediterranean Pose Threats to Bluefin Protection Efforts

Conflict in Libya, 'Fattening Farms' in Mediterranean Pose Threats to Bluefin Protection Efforts

David Ooms /CC BY 2.0 Bluefin tuna for sale at a market in Japan. During the early summer months, when civil war raged in Libya , electronic monitoring systems reported a surprise finding: a significant number of what were believed to be fishing vessels off the North African country's coast. Libya said its boats could not leave due to the NATO blockade. So who was fishing in its rich Mediterranean waters? The speculation that European boats, particularly those from Italy or Malta, were taking advantage of the conflict to fish unregulated off the Libyan coast sparked fierce debate at this week's meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in Istanbul -- but the row ended inconclusively. Electronic Tracking System Adopted "The boats [off the Libyan coast] were believed to be EU boats , but it couldn't be proven. You can't tell which...

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