Video: A Primer in Purse Seining

Illicit trade in bluefin tuna has been facilitated by the process of catching fish with large nets that close at the bottom, then transferring those fish live, underwater, into cages, which are towed to calmer waters. The fish are kept alive and fattened until it’s time to export them.

Graphic: How the subsidies break down

Mar 21, 2012
nets, boat

Video: Everyone Cheated then France Came Clean

Mar 20, 2012

Key Findings

Mar 16, 2012
Between 1998 and 2007 more than one in three bluefin was caught illegally, creating an off-the-books trade conservatively valued at $4 billion

About This Project: Looting the Seas I

Mar 16, 2012
The French Ministry of Agriculture and Fishing claims quotas have been strictly enforced since 2008

French officials finally respond to allegations of doctored data

Mar 16, 2012
Dead bluefin tuna
Trade oversight

Threatened bluefin tuna may not get much help from international conference

Mar 16, 2012
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