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The Black Market in Bluefin Tuna

The Black Market in Bluefin Tuna Widespread fraud, overfishing, and loose controls have given rise to a massive off-the-books trade in Eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna. At its peak, from 1998 to 2007, more than one in three bluefin tuna was caught illegally. Eastern Atlantic Ocean SPOTTER PLANES Banned by regulators, TRANSSHIPPING Without declaring their catch, vessels transfer Mediterranean Sea small aircraft are used to spot schools of tuna. tuna onto refrigerated vessels slated for Japan. .... ... Quota ACTUAL CATCH DAA QUOTA SELLING One vessel illegally sells its quota to another vessel, or they deal through a ranch, which takes a REPORTED CATCH DATA cut of the profit. FISHING UNDER- SIZED BLUEFIN Vessels illegally catch Source: International Consortium undersized tuna, further of Investigative Journalists, damaging the stock. UNDERREPORTING Vessels and ranches deliberately misstate catch size. Graphic by Stephen Rountree

The Black Market in Bluefin Tuna

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This infographic provides information about the illegally catching blue fin tuna due to fraud, overfishing and loose controls. It shows how this happened and the effects that it's had on the Bluefin t...




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