Overfishing pushing tuna stocks to the brink
JEJU, South Korea (AFP) - Global tuna stocks are fast reaching the limits of fishing sustainability, decimated by an absence of comprehensive, science-based catch limits, conservation experts warned on Saturday.
Five of the world's eight tuna species are already classified as threatened or nearly threatened with extinction, according to the Red List of Threatened Species compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
At the IUCN's World Conservation Congress currently underway in South Korea's southern Jeju Island, experts said partial quotas currently in place were inadequate and uninformed.
"The problem is, there is lack of science-based catch limits to ensure effective management and conservation," said Dr Amanda Nickson, Director of Global Tuna Conservation at the Pew Environment Group.