Requiem For A Blue Fin Tuna, An International Trade Analysis (1998 2009)
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  • 1. Requiem for a BlueFin TUNAan INTERNATIONAL TRADE ANALYSIS (1998/2009) OCTOBER 22ND 2009
    Uncovering the relentless overfishing of a collapsed fish stock
    A report by ATRT,sl.®© October 22nd 2009
  • 2. Uncovering the relentless overfishing of the King of Sushi...
    The Report’s findings are based on a Trade-Flux Block-Crosscheck Analysis Approach, where BFT trade data extracted from the following official sources is cross-checked and validated:
    ICCAT: 1998/2008 SCRS Task I Catch Data
    2008/2009 BCD database Catch Data
    2007/2008 CoC CPs reports
    2005/2008 CPs’ Bi-annual Statistical
    Document Declarations
    Eurostat: 1998/2008 CN8 Trade Data
    Croatia Chamber of Economy
    (Agriculture, Food Industry & Forestry Department)
    Japanese Customs: 1998/2008 HS9 Trade Data
    US Dept. of Agriculture: 1998/2008 HS10 Trade Data
  • 3. ...fuelled by the insatiable appetite of a global Tuna Cartel.
    Japanese Tuna fishing industry World map of principal targeted Tuna fishing grounds
    Yearly variation of ≈ € 12.000 million worth Total NEA + MED BFT catch
  • 4. Overkill logistics in a “Peak-BFT” scenario (1)
    Mediterranean BFT Ranching Capacity
    Vs.
    Frozen BFT Holdings in Japan
    (All values in Kgs)
    Chart by ATRT,sl.®©
  • 5. Overkill logistics in a “Peak-BFT” scenario (2)
    Yearly variation of operative Mediterranean BFT Purseiners by ICCAT Contracting Parties
    (More than 35,5% increase in fishing capacity in just over a decade)
    Chart by ATRT,sl.®©
  • 6. Overkill logistics in a “Peak-BFT” scenario (3)
    Yearly variation of operative BFT Reefer Vessels registered with ICCAT
    (Freezing & carrying capacity of frozen BFT has almost doubled in just over a decade)
    Chart by ATRT,sl.®©
  • 7. Systematic BFT catch under-reporting by ICCAT Contracting Parties...
    ICCAT NEA+MED adjusted yearly BFT quotas & reported catches
    Vs.
    WR/Weight equivalent of yearly traded Fresh & Frozen NEA+MED BFT
    (All values in Kgs)
    Chart by ATRT,sl.®©
  • 8. ...and total lack of political will to tackle a business gone wild
    Yearly variation of IUU MED+NEA BFT catches
    (All values in Kgs)
    Chart by ATRT,sl.®©
  • 9. A €3.076 million tax-free IUU BFT loot, stolen in just over a decade by a heavily subsidised BFT fishing & ranching industry
    Yearly variation of NEA+MED IUU BFT catch value
    (All values in €)
    Chart by ATRT,sl.®©
  • 10. 1998/2009: Over a decade of mismanagement savagery and wilful ignorance (1)
    • Massive BFT catch underreporting
    • 11. Widespread use of illegal Tuna spotting aircrafts
    • 12. Uncontrolled increase of the Mediterranean BFT purse-seiner fishing
    fleet
    • Illegal transhipments at sea
    • 13. Fake fattening ratios to launder unreported catches
    • 14. Faulty BFT Stock Assessments by ICCAT-SCRS based on phoney catch
    reports
    • Fake live-BFT carryovers from one year to the other
    • 15. Widespread use of false BFT catch declarations & paper quota
    • 16. Unreported IUU live-BFT inside Mediterranean Tuna ranches
    • 17. Marketing of IUU BFT inside the EU
    • 18. Massive catches of juvenile BFT below 30 Kgs
  • 1998/2009: Over a decade of mismanagement savagery and wilful ignorance (2)
    Distribution among BFT trading countries of worldwide processed Fresh/Chilled & Frozen BFT Trade Fluxes (W/RW equivalent) for the period 1998 to June 2009.
    (Values for Japan, Korea & Taiwan correspond to ex-Trade catches by such CPs)
    Chart by ATRT,sl.®©
  • 19. 1998/2009: Over a decade of mismanagement savagery and wilful ignorance (3)
    Distribution among BFT importing countries of worldwide processed Fresh/Chilled & Frozen BFT Trade Fluxes (W/RW equivalent) for the period 1998 to June 2009.
    (Values for Japan, Korea & Taiwan include ex-Trade catches by such CPs)
    Chart by ATRT,sl.®©
  • 20. An international disgrace governed by a looting rationale
    “Suppose that I stick to my quota, but others do not.
    In this case BlueFins will get fished out, and everyone will be the looser in the long term.
    But I will be a looser in the short term as well, since by confining myself to the quota allocated to me I will suffer an immediate drop in income that others do not. Suppose on the other hand that I break my quota.
    Then, if others break theirs, BlueFins get fished out, certainly, but I am not a special loser.
    Contrariwise , if others keep to their quotas while I break mine, the stock will be preserved to my long term benefit as well as theirs, but unlike them, I will not suffer an immediate drop in income either.
    So, whether other BlueFin Tuna fishing states ignore or observe their quotas, my best strategy is to ignore mine, while blaming others for doing so.”
  • 21. The most lucrative and hideous ongoing biocide in today’s world...
    “Aquacalypse now”: An intolerable tax-free loot by one of the most heavily subsidised fishing, ranching and trading industries worldwide. An unbearable scam in the eyes of concerned tax-payers, namely in the European Union, by far the main culprit of such an international disgrace
    Chart by ATRT,sl.®©
  • 22. ... under our careless watch
    “The reason for the failure in the management of Eastern Atlantic BlueFin tuna is that fishing countries around the Mediterranean have not complied with ICCAT's regulatory measures. (...) If member States had abided by the quota, the present situation would never have happened. Basically, the most effective conservation measure is to close fishing in the spawning grounds during the spawning season to all fisheries.”
    Dr. Peter Makoto Miyake, Tuna scientist
    Former Deputy Director General of ICCAT.
    “I think a total ban in the Mediterranean which is a spawning ground is one of the biggest steps forward for rebuilding the stock.”
    Q. Will this save the species?
    “I hope so, I expect so, but who knows… but it is far better than doing nothing.”
    Masayuki Kamatsu
    Japanese former Fisheries Minister
    Talking to ITN’s Lawrence McGinty
    Tuna in troubles ITN/CNN
  • 23. Requiem for a BlueFin TUNAan INTERNATIONAL TRADE ANALYSIS (1998/2009)OCTOBER 22ND 2009
    ATRT,sl.®©