The words “Japan” and “conservation” are being used in the same sentence. Tuna conservation talks began today in Japan to find ways to avoid commercial extinction of tuna species that have been exploited by the Japanese and others for far too long.
The meeting of the five tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) is being held in Kobe, Japan to address the decline in tuna stocks worldwide. The agenda include plans to establish a global tracking system to identify the origin of every tuna sold commercially. This and other measures are being taken to reverse the damage done by illegal and unregulated fishing along with unsustainable tuna quotas. Adult Bluefin tuna populations in the western Atlantic are now less than one-fifth of what they were just 30 years ago. In the Indian Ocean, Southern Bluefin tuna stocks have decreased by 90 percent. Continue reading