Extinction threatens bluefin tuna

Calls grow for fishing ban but the measure may ruin fishermen in southern France.

    The future of the bluefin tuna is topping the agenda at a United Nations wildlife protection conference in Doha, the Qatari capital.

    Due to industrial-scale fishing catering to Japanese demand, bluefin tuna stocks have plummeted by 80 per cent in the two main spawning grounds for the fish - the Mediterranean sea and the western part of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Environmentalists argue that a temporary ban is the only option to prevent the fish from becoming extinct and allow for stocks to recover. Many countries are now pushing for the ban.

    Al Jazeera's Estelle Youssouffa met fishermen in southern France who could be forced into bankruptcy if the ban comes into effect.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Assad to Putin: Thank you for 'saving our country'

    Assad to Putin: Thank you for 'saving our country'

    Russian and Syrian presidents meet to discuss strategy against 'terrorism' and political settlement options.

    What is behind the covert Israeli-Saudi relations?

    What is behind the covert Israeli-Saudi relations?

    Analysts say that the recent covert ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia are due to a new regional paradigm.

    Is Saudi Arabia becoming a danger to the region?

    Is Saudi Arabia becoming a danger to the region?

    We talk to US Congressman Ro Khanna about power politics and debate Mohammed bin Salman's new strategy for the Kingdom.