Friday, 2 November 2012

WWF uncovers massive unreported trade of Atlantic Bluefin tuna through Panama

Huge amounts of Bluefin traded illegally
October 2012. A new study commissioned by WWF has uncovered that between 2000 and 2010 the equivalent of 18,704 tonnes of live Bluefin tuna were traded via Panama without being reported to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) - the international body managing the fishery. Besides Panama, Mediterranean countries including Spain, Italy, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey were involved, as well as Japan. WWF has called on ICCAT and the concerned countries to urgently investigate further.
Open secret
"This is the first ever study on this issue and it probably shows only the tip of the iceberg. We finally managed to get the proof of a situation that has been acknowledged for many years even by ICCAT itself", said Dr. Sergi Tudela, Head of WWF Mediterranean Fisheries Programme.
Based on official trade and customs databases, it has been revealed that over a decade as much as 14,327 tonnes of processed Atlantic Bluefin was traded via Panama. This volume of trade corresponds to an estimated weight of 18,704 tonnes of live fish.
Bluefin tuna has been exported to Panama from Mediterranean countries including Spain, Italy, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey and Panama, in turn, re-exported to Japan as much as 13,730 tonnes of processed Bluefin. The trade detected peaked in 2003 and 2004, with 3000-4000 tonnes per year, but was still on-going at a lesser extent as late as in 2010.
"According to available records, not a single shipment identified by the report was ever reported to ICCAT. If confirmed, it would fully qualify as illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing according to the United Nations' FAO standards and would equal environmental crime". added Tudela
Spain, Italy, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, and Japan were involved
All involved countries mentioned in the study were ICCAT Contracting Parties at the time the unreported trade operations were detected. According to ICCAT rules in force during all the study period, any international trade of Atlantic Bluefin tuna had to be duly reported, to enable cross-checking with catch quotas.

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