Australia Plans to Support Continued Fishing of Endangered Northern Bluefin Tuna at Critical Meeting this Saturday

Only days after the Obama administration announced that the US would support a full protection for the endangered Northern Bluefin Tuna (CITES Annex I listing), news is that Australia will take an Annex II position to the upcoming CITES conference on Saturday, this would allow the continued fishing and trade of this critically endangered species

Featured in the powerful new documentary, The End of the Line, coming to Australian cinema’s in May, the Northern Bluefin Tuna is one of the most majestic fish in the sea. It is also a prized eating fish, especially for sushi, with each fish fetching many thousands of dollars at market.

Massive and sustained overfishing by industrial fleets has reduced this species to the brink of extinction. Fishing at current levels could see populations crash below the point of recovery – on the path to extinction – within the next two to three years.

It is critical that Australia join Europe and the US in supporting an end to the fishing of Bluefin Tuna.

You can send your support for an Australian position to add Northern Bluefin Tuna to CITES Annex I to travis.bover@environment.gov.au

Related:

More information on CITES and Greenpeace recommendations

Greenpeace canned tuna ranking is out and they have had nearly 1000 people sign the cyberaction to get supermarkets to get unsustainable tuna off their shelves.

Greenpeace report on how Australian supermarkets stack up on tuna sustainability.

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3 thoughts on “Australia Plans to Support Continued Fishing of Endangered Northern Bluefin Tuna at Critical Meeting this Saturday

  1. Australia is going for the money. The Ozzie government has too much to lose by upsetting Japan. This is just like the real reason the Oz government wants a cap&trade system; the Japanese will likely have one soon. Cap&trade will be used for economic protectionism, if you don’t have it you will be at an economic disadvantage. It’s never been about saving the planet, that’s been excuse to fool the stupid public. It’s always been about the money.

    • Hi Klem, thanks for the comment. Seems like keeping Japan happy is more important than our marine life and oceans far too much. The Japanese just beat off a trade ban on Northern Bluefin Tuna. Good country, bad attitude to marine life.

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