The Last Tuna?

Photo | January 20, 2011

Divers from Greenpeace and Taiwanese environmentalists form a mock school of tuna bearing the message "The Last Tuna?" at a Greenpeace organized activity in Taiwan.

Greenpeace is promoting marine protected areas around coastal Taiwan, and seeking Taiwanese support for global efforts to stop the collapse of Pacific tuna stocks by endorsing proposed marine reserve areas in Western and Central Pacific Ocean.

Globally there are now ominous signs that tuna are in trouble.

In October 2009, scientists found there is a greater than 95% probability that the current spawning biomass of Atlantic bluefin is less than 15% of what it was before industrial fishing began.

Last year studies recommended that to have even a 50% chance of stock recovery by 2023, the annual eastern Atlantic catch limit should be capped at 8,000 tonnes – yet the EU, Mediterranean fishing nations, and Japan forced through a catch quota of 13,500 tonnes.

Read more on the tuna industry: Something fishy about your tuna?

Divers from Greenpeace and Taiwanese environmentalists form a mock school of tuna bearing the message "The Last Tuna?" at a Greenpeace organized activity in Taiwan.

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