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Bluefin tuna catches to be reduced in EU

November 16, 2009

The EU Commission says over 45 countries that catch tuna have agreed to cut their catches of the endangered Atlantic bluefin tuna next year. The decision by the countries, including the EU, U.S. and Japan, to limit 2010 catches to 13,500 tons aims to prevent over-fishing of the tuna. The Commission announced the decision following talks in Brazil by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas. The body sets annual fishing limits in an effort to save the fish stock from extinction. Catches were lowered from 28,500 tons to 22,000 this year. Scientists say that is 7,000 tons over what they would advise.