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US News A certified sustainable bluefin tuna fishery in the Atlantic despite the disapproval of NGOs

21:30  03 august  2020
21:30  03 august  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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According to the MSC, bluefin tuna has now become a “sustainable” species again and is no longer threatened

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This is a first. The MSC organization, which issues a sustainable fishing label, recently certified an bluefin tuna fishery in the East Atlantic. The Japanese company holds 0.2% of bluefin tuna fishing quotas.

"This is the story of an peach that managed to recover," said Jean-Charles Pentecouteau, director of MSC France, in a statement. “The East Atlantic bluefin tuna was once threatened species and today we can say it is sustainable. "

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A" dangerous trend "according to NGOs

Bluefin tuna, much appreciated by gourmets and lovers of Japanese food, has been the victim of overfishing for dozens of years in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. The fishing world reacted drastically when one of the three species caught was almost added to the UN's endangered species list. Drastic fishing quotas and protective measures have been adopted, allowing fish stocks to rebuild.

WWF, which had co-created MSC, does not share this opinion . The move is "an alarming illustration [...] the MSC has become a label responding more to the demand of the fishing industry than to scientific evidence of sustainability," an official said in a statement. The NGO is concerned about a "dangerous trend, which could threaten the full recovery of bluefin tuna and [...] the restoration of the state of the oceans by 2030".

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For the NGO Pew Trusts, this certification comes as "scientists are unable to confirm that the [bluefin tuna] stock has recovered from years of unsustainable and illegal fishing." According to activists, there is "an overcapacity of bluefin tuna fisheries in the Mediterranean which could lead again to overfishing".

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