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Featuring images from the Marine Photobank, these Photo of the Week stories highlight ocean issues as well as the ability of visual media to promote ocean conservation. Would you like see one of your images as a Photo of the Week? Please become a contributing member of the Marine Photobank and let your photos work on behalf of the ocean.

Tuna Troubles

Mike Markovina/Marine Photobank
Mike Markovina/Marine Photobank

Many populations of tuna, such as the bluefin tuna seen here lining the floor of the Tskiji fish market in Japan, are facing increasing pressure from fishing. Atlantic bluefin tuna are a species of special concern—researchers in a recent study predicted that the adult bluefin population in the east Atlantic and Mediterranean will be 75 percent lower in 2011 than it was in 2005, putting the population at risk of collapse unless new conservation measures are implemented. Bluefin tuna quotas and other tuna issues are being discussed at the 17th Annual Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), being held November 17 to 27 in Paris, France. More information on ICCAT and the meeting can be found on ICCAT’s website.

Read more:
MacKenzie, B.R. et al. 2009. Impending collapse of bluefin tuna in the northeast Atlantic and Mediterranean. Conservation Letters 2(1) 26-35.