ISTANBUL - Turkey government has been criticized by Greenpeace for setting its own catch limit on the endangered bluefin tuna, disregarding internationally agreed quotas set by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas.
Although the bluefin tuna season has only just started, Turkey has been caught illegally landing between 5 and 10 tons of juvenile blue fin tuna, according to Greenpeace.
Alongside the ICCAT quotas, a minimum landing size is set at 30kg. According to Greenpeace, Turkey currently operates the largest Mediterranean fleet fishing for bluefin tuna Ğ a species facing imminent collapse as a direct result of overfishing.
Greenpeace has proposed that an end to blue fin fisheries immediately.