Investigation probe reveals that the Tuna black market is worth billions of dollars

November 8th, 2010 - 6:46 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington DC, Nov 8 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A probe by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has revealed systematic violation of official quotas of tuna that can be captured by any country. The probe took seven months and the investigation found violations in all the ten countries that were involved in the probe. The violation has been fueled by a craze for sushi all over the country.

With billions of dollars in worth of the black tuna market, governments and organizations are increasingly finding it difficult stop the menace. The species are endangered despite the efforts of watchdog organizations to help save them, fishermen and in some cases governments are collaborating and willfully violating their official quotas.

The probe found that in France, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is collaborating with the fishing industry in the country to cheat the quota system. The Ministry is helping to under declare the numbers that the fishermen are pulling from the waters. Six fishing captains in France are currently standing trial for violations and one of the accused, Roger Del Ponte boldly revealed that everyone was cheating and until the monitoring is properly installed, the violation will continue.

Japan was found to be the leader in the nations that violated the quota system.

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