EP85 Letter to Commissioner Vella IUCN red list - Bluefin Tuna
The IUCN Red List is recognized as one of the most authoritative guide to the status of biological diversity. Back in 2011 the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) was listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as endangered and therefore included in the Red List of Threatened Species. This decision was exclusively adopted on the basis of IUCN's own scientific data and criteria. We have recently learned that, after almost 10 years of lack of updated scientific advice by IUCN, this body has the intention to revise the global status of the 61 tuna fish stocks altogether in the coming years. Of course, the industry would like to put the focus on the Bluefin Tuna in view of the current extremely negative assessment sustained by this environmental organisation.
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