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ICCAT calls for halving of bluefin tuna catches
The scientific committee of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas has compiled a report calling for a reduction of at least 50 percent of the total allowable catch of bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic from 2009, it has been learned.
ICCAT, an intergovernmental fishery organization controlling tuna stocks in the Atlantic, likely will review the catch quotas based on the report at its annual meeting to be held in Morocco on Nov. 17-24. This likely development will almost inevitably lead to the tightening of regulations and a surge in tuna prices. …