Conservation organisation WWF has expressed deep concern about the decision taken by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) to "drastically increase" catch quotas for bluefin tuna, considering the recovery of the stock of this resource is not confirmed yet.
The 50-nation Commission agreed to hike the quota from 24,000 tons this year to 28,000 next year, with a further 4,000 tons added in each of the following two years.
ICCAT decision means the quota has more than doubled from five years ago, when once depleted stocks of bluefin tuna first started showing the potential of a recovery.
"We have been able to decide a gradual increase of captures, by staying careful. And we are staying within the sc...