WWF Mediterranean Initiative bulletin: Issue 1 / Dec 2013
Good news for bluefin tuna
What is the only place in the world where 3 continents meet?
Tuna facts and figures
How fast? When chasing their prey or avoiding a hungry shark they accelarate faster than a Porsche and can reach speeds of 100 km per hour!
How far? Atlantic bluefin tuna can complete trans-Atlantic crossings in less than 60 days. They can dive down to around 1km to find food.
How old? Atlantic bluefin tuna can expect to live for at least 15 years and as long as 30.
Pantelleria threatened by fossil fuel extraction
100,000km2 added to Spain’s MPA network
A public voice for fishermen in North Africa
Profile: marine scientist to conservation leader
Collaboratve, coordinated and transformative. The effort of all the WWF offices in the region and their many partners is to work together to develop real solutions on the ground, to build alliances and mobilize societies that will support a more sustainable future for this special but very threatened part of the planet.
What is the MI’s biggest priority in the coming 6 months?
The Mediterranean Initiative is building on the significant results of the marine team: reverting bluefin tuna decline, establishing MPAs, promoting the first fisheries co-management system and protecting cetaceans and sea turtles. We are now ready to scale up these results. Our first priority lies in securing the necessary resources and alliances that will allow us to achieve the ambitious goals we have set for ourselves.