Fate of world’s costli­est fish, big­eye tuna to be de­cided soon

The Asian Age - - Newsmakers -

Paris: Dozens of na­tions will con­vene next week to de­cide the fate of one of the planet’s most valu­able fish: the big­eye tuna, back­bone of a bil­lion dol­lar busi­ness that is se­verely over­fished. Sci­en­tists shocked many in the in­dus­try last month when they warned that un­less catch lev­els are sharply re­duced, stocks of the fatty, fastswim­ming preda­tor could crash within a decade or two. Less iconic than At­lantic bluefin but more valu­able as an in­dus­try, big­eye — one of sev­eral so- called trop­i­cal tu­nas — is prized for sashimi in Ja­pan and canned for su­per­mar­ket sales world­wide. It is not farmed. An in­ter­nal re­port by 40- odd sci­en­tists work­ing un­der the in­ter- gov­ern­men­tal project ( ICCAT) showed that in Oc­to­ber the pop­u­la­tions have fallen to less than 20 per cent of his­toric lev­els.

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