Pacific bluefin tuna status remains worrying, Pew warns
Pacific bluefin tuna. (Photo: Monterery Bay Aquarium)
(UNITED STATES, 5/23/2018)
A group of scientists assessing the Pacific bluefin tuna population has determined that it is at just 3.3 per cent of its unfished level, a conclusion that according to the organisation Pew Charitable Trust confirms the species’ severely depleted status.
The NGO claims this assessment also points to the continued need for more effective management of the fishery despite countries finally agreeing last year to a rebuilding plan for the species.
Pew stresses that although the assessment report found that the population had increased slightly in the past two years, from a low of 2.6 per cent of its unfished size, that cannot obscure the perilous position the species is in due to years of overfishin...