ICCAT Cuts Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quota

From the Environmental News Service:
The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna, ICCAT, reduced the total allowable catch for 2010 to 13,500 metric tonnes down from 22,000 tonnes in 2009. . . .

Forty-eight countries from around the world are contracting parties to ICCAT. . . .

The United States entered the negotiations seeking a halt to bluefin overfishing and U.S. officials were disappointed in the outcome. Dr. Jane Lubchenco, under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator called the ICCAT agreement, "a marked improvement over the current rules," but she said "it is insufficient to guarantee the long-term viability of either the fish or the fishery."