Two tunas and a managed extinction story
- In this episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we take a look at the stories of two tunas: yellowfin in the Indian Ocean and bluefin tuna in the Atlantic.
- Malavika Vyawahare, Editor-in-Chief of Mongabay, tells us about the series of articles she has written on how EU-controlled fleets dominate the annual transport of yellowfin in the Indian Ocean and how this affects them. island developing countries like Seychelles.
- We also chat with author Jen Telesca about her recent book Red Gold: The Managed Extinction of Giant Bluefin Tuna, which details how, under the oversight of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, bluefin tuna in the Atlantic Ocean ‘Atlantic has become such a popular outlet. that it is driven to extinction.
Today we are discussing the stories of two tunas: yellowfin in the Indian Ocean and bluefin tuna in the Atlantic. These are two stories of overfishing and population collapse that help us understand some of the most pressing issues in international fisheries management today.
Our first guest is Malavika Vyawahare, editor of Mongabay, who recently wrote a two-part series of articles on the impacts of European tuna fishing on the economy and marine environment of Seychelles, an archipelagic ocean nation. Indian. She tells us about the EU-controlled vessels that dominate the annual transport of yellowfin in the Indian Ocean, why a plan to save the collapse of the yellowfin tuna stock in the Indian Ocean failed and how the Commission for Indian Ocean Tuna, the intergovernmental agency that manages the region’s tuna fishery, has become something of a battleground between EU member countries and small island developing countries like Seychelles.
We also welcome the Jen Telesca program, assistant professor of environmental justice at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and author of the recent book Red gold: the managed extinction of the giant bluefin tuna. Telesca discusses the history of the bluefin tuna trade, how the Atlantic bluefin tuna became endangered and how the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, or ICCAT, an intergovernmental organization responsible for the management and conservation of tuna in the Atlantic Ocean, has chaired what Telesca calls the “managed extinction” of Atlantic bluefin tuna.
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