“Operation Blue Rage is well under way in the Mediterranean Sea”

The Atlantic bluefin tuna is on the brink of extinction because of overfishing and illegal fishing to feed a rapidly expanding market in recent years for sushi and sashimi, mainly in Japan, but also increasingly in the United States and Europe. Overall, Atlantic bluefin tuna stocks have declined by over 85 percent compared to maximum historical stock levels.

bluefin-tuna critically endangered

The legal quota for this fishing season is 13,500 tons worldwide.The  European Union fishermen quota is 7,113 tons. Spain has been allocated 2,526.06 tons, France has been allocated 2,021.93 tons, and Italy has been allocated 1,937.50 tons.

Possibly, four times this amount will be taken with the illegally with three quarters falling into the hands of poachers.

Possibly, four times this amount will be taken with the illegally with three quarters falling into the hands of poachers.

Sea Shepherd’s focus is to stop illegal fishing operations and protect wildlife.

Sea Shepherd France President Lamya Essemlali has been the co-organizer for Sea Shepherd’s Operation Blue Rage in the Mediterranean, along with Sea Shepherd Netherlands Director Laurens De Groot, a former Rotterdam police officer.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society plans to have the Steve Irwin their flag ship in the Mediterranean until mid-July addressing this crisis facing the bluefin tuna.



Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  seashepherd.org

Excerpts courtesy of  worldwildlife.org/WWFPresitem.html

Image courtesy of  advocacy.britannica.com/blog/bluefin-tuna

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