Kritik mot ökade kvoter för blåfenad tonfisk i Atlanten

Pew Charitable Trusts och Ocean Foundation, US-amerikanska miljöorganisationer kritiserar en förväntad ökning av kvoterna för blåfenad tonfisk i Atlanten:

The TAC for the western population of Atlantic tuna should be kept at 1,750 metric tons while the TAC for the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea should remain at 13,400t, said Shana Miller, program manager for global tuna conservation with the Ocean Foundation, which is a Pew grantee.

Pew made the comments after the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna’s (ICCAT) Standing Committee on Research and Statistics updated its 2012 stock assessments on Friday at a meeting in Madrid.

The results will be posted on ICCAT’s Web site later this week, Miller said Monday on a conference call where she detailed the committee’s findings.

ICCAT did not respond to a request for comment by the time of publication.

ICCAT member nations at a meeting in Genoa, Italy, in November will decide on quotas for both populations of Atlantic bluefin based on the new stock assessment and advice. Western Atlantic bluefin are mostly fished by the United States, Canada and Japan while the eastern population is mostly fished by the European Union.

Blåfenad tonfisk

Att beståndet av blåfenad tonfisk ökat i de östra delarna av Atlanten torde vara mycket klart då tonfisk fiskats vid Island, Norge fått en kvot även om ingen tonfisk tog upp och tonfisk setts vid Danmarks kuster:

Videnskabelig medarbejder Henrik Carl ved Zoologisk Museum i København, der har set billederne fra Nordjylland, siger til DR Nyhederne, at der de sidste 40 til 50 år, kun har været ganske få observationer af tun i havet omkring Danmark. Hvorimod den tidligere var mere almindelig. I midten af 50`erne fangede man således omkring 4.000 tunfisk sydvest for Anholt.

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