Update: UN Rejects the CITES listing and therefore the international trade of bluefin. Read more here.
Well, today the US decided to throw their name in the hat in support of a CITES listing for bluefin tuna which would ban international trade of the species.
See this article for more details.
This is very unfortunate for US fishermen as we have been abiding by all of the rules set forth by ICAAT while the countries in the Eastern Atlantic have not. It seems that we are now paying the price for others' irresponsibility.
It is unclear as to how this will effect the domestic commercial fishery or the recreational fishery at this point.
We will be watching this one closely and will be sure to update as we learn more.