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18th Apr 13Managed by Chatham House
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WWF: Web of "fraud" in bluefin fishery
Various reports in the media in recent days have shed more light on a likely web of criminal activity spun out across the Mediterranean bluefin tuna fishery, long acknowledged as being seriously imperilled by dire overfishing, says WWF.
France, according to WWF, has been particularly in the spotlight, following indications of overfishing and misreporting by its fleets. The French media is also pointing to the involvement of other Mediterranean fishing nations - such as Italy and Turkey - as beneficiaries of Frances nominal overharvest.
According to WWF sources, the European Commission submitted data to the European Parliament regarding Frances bluefin catches - showing that France had fished 10,165 tonnes of bluefin tuna by end-August this year, compared to its 5,593-tonne quota. Since Frances quota is calculated as part of the EUs overall ICCAT quota, this level of overfishing would, it is thought, also imply an overrun of the EUs quota by some 4,000 tonnes.
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