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Quotas cut as scientists warn that southern bluefin tuna stocks close to collapse
[ 2009-10-27 15:59 ]

 

Quotas cut as scientists warn that southern bluefin tuna stocks close to collapse

Australia is cutting its catch of southern bluefin tuna by 30 percent after warnings from scientists that stocks are close to collapse. The reduction follows an international seafood conference in South Korea.

The southern bluefin tuna catch is worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Australia but marine researchers estimate that stocks are dangerously low.

The Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna, which represents all the major countries that catch the fish, recently met in South Korea.

There was broad agreement at the conference that bluefin fishing quotas had to be cut immediately