'the available data do clearly indicate that the biomass of the East Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna has increased since the late 2000s, is high at present, and that there are no concerns that overfishing may be occurring under the current TAC ’.
‘The combination of size limits and the reduction of catch has certainly contributed to a rapid increase in the abundance of the stock’.
Does that sound like the language you are used to hearing regarding the current health of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna? Probably not, but it comes directly from the latest comprehensive stock assessment undertaken by the Scientific arm of ICCAT. There is a remarkable conservation success story that gets buried under the outdated, emotive misinformation fuelled by many players.
The 2020 Stock assessment marked a seminal point in the history of Atlantic Bluefin. The note below attempts to shed some updated light on this topic.