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.
Read more about eBook: Looting the Seas
ICIJ's complete, 3-part "Looting the Seas" investigation is available as an e-book.
Read more about Fishing nations approve overhaul of bluefin tuna tracking system
Nearly 50 countries that trade in high-priced Eastern Atlantic Bluefin Tuna voted Saturday to transform an archaic paper-based system into an electronic fish-tracking database that will make it harder for fleets to smuggle plundered bluefin into market, after ICIJ in 2010 exposed the faulty paper-based tracking method.
Read more about Threatened bluefin tuna may not get much help from international conference
Rejecting the tough stance of its top fisheries official, the European Union agreed Thursday to recommend similar catch limits as last year for the depleted stocks of Eastern Atlantic Bluefin Tuna.
Read more about French officials finally respond to allegations of doctored data
Forty-eight days after ICIJ sent its first interview request to the ministry, officials finally responded Monday to allegations that for years leading up to 2008, the ministry downplayed the final catch figures of the nation’s bluefin tuna fishing fleet before reporting those figures to the European Commission.
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Read more about Bluefin, Inc.
For decades Japan has been the final stop of an Eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna supply chain riddled with fraud, criminal misconduct, and lack of oversight.
Read more about Diving into the tuna ranching industry
Sea "farms", where bluefin are fattened to increase their value, have become centers for the bluefin black market in the Mediterranean and North Africa.
Read more about A Mediterranean feeding frenzy
How overfishing, rampant cheating, and official complicity plundered the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna.
Read more about Video: Everyone Cheated then France Came Clean
Every country cheated. But when France owned up in 2007 to its overcatch of Eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna, the country was forced to take action against the industry. But one suspect will not be investigated...
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