Today the Government announced that Southern Bluefin Tuna would be listed as a threatened species in Australia.
However, it will only be listed as ‘conservation dependent’, meaning there is no change to existing fishing arrangements. This is despite international conservation body the IUCN considering the species critically endangered.
Interestingly, the tuna industry is still not happy with the listing. They are trying to claim the species is recovering, despite stock levels being reported at less than 8% of pre-fishing population.
More in this ABC story.
Recently the Japanese defeated an international move to place a trade ban on endangered northern bluefin tuna, assisted by the Australian delegation.