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S.O.S call for sustainable fishing

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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

S.O.S call for sustainable fishing

According to a recent study conducted by researchers from Canada, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, cold water tuna is the species hardest hit by exploitation as results show that their numbers have shrunk by 80%.T he findings suggest that boosting hauls could continue to be a risky act, and that any global fishing effort must be followed with a great deal of care as demand continues to grow.
María Joé Juan-Jordá lead author of the University of A Coruña in Spain stresses the results show a global situation of tuna populations that differs from bleaker past interpretations and that 'there are worrying factors that regional fishing organisations should solve in order to ensure a sustainable future is these fisheries'. Notably, she points out that “fishing management organisations must not just use their resources to manage high-value species, such as large tuna, but also for species of lower economic value, which are important as they are a big source of protein for many developing countries.”
Commenting on what needs to done to ensure the species' sustainability, co-author, Professor Juan Freire of A Coruña University, says: “Serious efforts and effective action are needed to reduce global overfishing, to recover overexploited populations and regulate trade that endangers them. Only then can we guarantee bigger catches, stable financial profits, and reduce our impact on marine ecosystems.”

Source: European Commission