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Spain: The Threat to Tuna

Illegal fishing and soaring demand in Japan are threatening stocks of bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean.

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Japandominates the international tuna market, and Spanish trawlers plying the Mediterranean supply many Japanese customers with legal catches. The Mitsubishi conglomerate, for example, controls a large percentage of the global market in bluefin tuna. Environmental activists, however, are concerned about industrial trawlers whose catch is likewise bought by Japanese customers and which use huge nets and state-of-the-art satellite technology to locate schools of tuna.