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Bluefin Tuna Trade Exceeded Legal Quotas by 141 Percent, Study Says

18 Oct 2011: Bluefin Tuna Trade Exceeded Legal Quotas by 141 Percent, Study Says A new analysis commissioned by the Pew Environment Group has found that the amount of eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna traded on the global market last year exceeded the official fisheries quota by 141 percent . According to the report, that gap was significantly wider than in 2008 — when the amount of Getty Images bluefin tuna caught and traded exceeded quotas by 30 percent — and suggests fundamental flaws in existing mechanisms to manage fisheries of the endangered fish. Three years ago, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas adopted stricter enforcement and trade regulations on tuna caught in the Mediterranean Sea and the eastern Atlantic, including lower catch limits and a paper-based documentation system. However, the total amount of Atlantic bluefin tuna traded ...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/bluefin_tuna_trade_exceeded_l...

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