01 Jun '12, 12pm

As Regulators Meet, Fishing Boats Thumb Their Noses

Bloomberg News Fishermen unloading their tuna catch from a boat in Bermeo, near Bilbao, in Spain. Talk about timing. As American and European fisheries officials met this week in Brussels to talk about, among other things, the problem of illegal and unregulated fishing, Chinese boats were illegally in the Mediterranean, making a mockery of efforts to manage the bluefin tuna fishing season. Jane Lubchenco , head of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration , and her counterpart, Maria Damanaki , the European fisheries commissioner, addressed the European Parliament in Brussels and released a joint statement affirming their commitment to combatting pirate fishing, rebuilding fisheries and promoting aquaculture. But almost under their noses, according to the environmental group W.W.F. , “two large non-Mediterranean fleets” — one Chinese and one of unknown orig...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/01/as-regulators-m...

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