The Plunder of Bluefin Tuna in the Mediterranean and East Atlantic in 2004 and 2005: Uncovering the Real Story 31/05/2006
WWF has been monitoring the rise of tuna farming activities in the Mediterranean since their beginning, particularly addressing how the rapid expansion of this new industrial activity in the Mediterranean was exacerbating the mismanagement of the already overexploited East Atlantic stock of bluefin tuna (BFT). WWF commissioned to ATRT S.L. the current report, with the difficult and challenging task to uncover the real figures of IUU catches on the bluefin tuna stock harvested in the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic waters. The report concludes that unless strong management measures are immediately implemented to reduce fishing mortality, the collapse of the overall BFT fishery will soon follow.