04 August 2009

Tuna stocks are not collapsing unless they are

In the 1 August issue of the New Scientist, there is an essay by a James Joseph who is stated to be on the board of directors of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation. Mr. Joseph writes:

So contrary to what you might have been led to believe, tuna stocks are largely in good shape.
But 5 short paragraphs later, he adds this qualifier:
Excluding bluefin, tuna fisheries are close to peak productivity. Unless effective conservation measures are implemented, they will slide down the slippery slope of overfishing.
So, let me see if I understand this correctly: we can keep eating tuna until the stocks begin to slide down the the slippery slope towards extinction and then we can stop.

Now, that's one fine piece sensible assessment of the state of the tuna from an organization among whose founders you may notice some familiar names, including, Bumble Bee Foods, Clover Leaf Seafoods, Sea Value Co., StarKist Co., Thai Union Manufacturing Co. and Chicken of the Sea Intl. I don't need to say more, do I?

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