It's a bluefin tuna graveyard, white crosses float next to tuna ranch cages. We end our three month Mediterranean tour back where we started, in Spain, highlighting the desperate state of bluefin tuna stocks.
Greenpeace activists from the Rainbow Warrior create a syymbolic "tuna graveyard" with mock crosses inside a tuna ranch in Cartagena, Southeast Spain.
During the tour that started with the launch of the Greenpeace
tunareport onboard the Esperanza in Barcelona, we've confirmed our
worstfears about the threats facing the Mediterranean Sea. Bluefin
tuna are being plundered, illegal driftnets known as "wallsof
death" continue to be used despite their prohibition and the
rampantoverdevelopment of the Mediterranean coastline is destroying
However, as we showed with the proposal for a network of marine
reserves for the Mediterranean, there is still hope.
As theRainbow Warrior concludes the 2006 tour of the
Mediterranean, we lookback on some of the highlights and many
suprises from the past threemonths. From diving and documenting the
beauty below the surface,confiscating illegal driftnets and
rescuing sailors from sinking boatsto being blockaded by the
fishermen in Marseille, it's certainly been amemorable tour.
"The Mediterranean is in desperate need of a sea change
-literally. The large industrial fishing fleets are out of control,
thetuna ranches are out of control, the illegal driftnetters are
out ofcontrol, even the jellyfish are out of control, partly due to
its mainpredators like tuna and sea turtles being wiped out," said
KarliThomas, of Greenpeace International. "A
network of marine reserveswould guarantee the protection of the
Mediterranean species and theirhabitat and definitely help to
reverse the fishery's decline."
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