Magazine article Geographical

Plummetting Stocks

Magazine article Geographical

Plummetting Stocks

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The ongoing debate over the best way to manage stocks of Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean still seems to be a long way from reaching a resolution. Just before this issue of Geographical went to press, another European Fisheries Council meeting ended with no concrete proposals to reduce the level of exploitation, despite the fact that the population appears to be on the verge of complete collapse due to overfishing.

Indeed, current fishing practices seem almost to have been deliberately designed to be as unsustainable as possible, with purse-seiners catching the fish in large numbers as they congregate prior to spawning. These fish are then typically taken to 'farms', where they are fattened up before being slaughtered and sold.

Frustratingly, there is a perfectly serviceable model of sustainable exploitation already in place in the Mediterranean. Malta's traditional long-line fishermen once caught tuna essentially as by-catch as they went after other fish, such as swordfish (page 36). …

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