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Last gasp for the tuna

bluefin tuna

Earlier this year the New Internationalist magazine ran an article, The fall of King Tuna, highlighting the crisis facing the blufin tuna. This week, representatives from 48 countries have gathered in Paris for a meeting of the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). The EU is proposing emergency cuts in tuna catches, to safeguard tuna stocks and prevent the collapse of ocean ecosystems which depend on maintaining the precarious balance between thousands of different species. And for the first time, Japan, which consumes 80 per cent of bluefin tuna, is supporting the motion. Yet other countries, putting short term profits first, are trying to derail the plan.

Online advocacy group avaaz.org is collecting signatures in support of urgent action to save the tuna.

Sign the petition here:

Save the tuna!

Fishing nets by Jack Newton http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdn/

 Photo by Jack Newton under a CC Licence.