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Tomorrow, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will launch its flagship, Steve Irwin, from New York to commence its campaign against illegal bluefin tuna fishing in the Mediterranean - "Operation Blue Rage".
"Bluefin tuna currently face illegal poaching and extreme overfishing, and populations have fallen by at least 85% since the industrial fishing era began. Bluefin quotas are set at a ludicrously high 13,500 tons by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), but in actual fact over 60,000 tons are killed every year. In addition, shockingly, CITES recently failed to include the bluefin tuna as a protected species. The decision occurred after Japan, Canada, and a variety of economically challenged nations opposed the measure."
Don't even get me started on CITES...
Full article here (SeaShepherd.org):
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