Bye-Bye Bluefin

It was great while it lasted. This week, at a meeting in Qatar, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) took a big step toward making sure that Atlantic bluefin tuna will no longer be classified as endangered. Instead, the species soon may be classified as extinct. Under intense lobbying pressure from Japan, […]

“An International Disgrace” Tuna Commission is Mismanaging Atlantic Albacore into Extinction

Atlantic albacore tuna have long paddled in the shadow of their bigger, more expensive, and more endangered cousins, Atlantic bluefin tuna. Now, “the forgotten tuna” is finally getting some respect, but for all the wrong reasons. Speaking at the Seafood Choices Alliance’s Seafood Summit in Paris last weekend, Phil Kline, Senior Oceans Campaigner at Greenpeace said, […]

Update: Odds Are Against Bluefin Recovery

Will Atlantic bluefin survive? Don’t bet on it. Last week the International Commission on the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)   lived up to its cynical moniker:  the International Conspiracy to Catch All Tuna. Meeting in Brazil, the group set next year’s bluefin catch limit at 13,500 metric tons after hearing scientific testimony that at such […]

Tuna Diplomacy

  There is a strong likelihood that someone in this generation will be the last human to eat a bluefin tuna. By most scientific accounts, the species hovers on the brink of extinction, if it hasn’t already crossed that line. Should bluefin disappear, much of the blame will go to an organization called the International […]