WWF Mediterranean Initiative bulletin: Issue 8 October/NovemberDenis Ody following a group of whales.
Read more in this interview with Paul.
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“It might seem a paradox, but the bluefin tuna case confirms that sometimes it’s more difficult to manage a success than a crisis. It is hard to apply the term 'moderate' to an annual increase of 20% over 3 years. We are concerned that the huge conservation efforts of the last years might quickly fade away.”
Dr Sergi Tudela, Head of Fisheries, WWF Mediterranean
Fishing nations have agreed to an increased Mediterranean bluefin tuna fishing quota of nearly 20% every year, from 13,500 tonnes in 2014 to 19,296 tonnes in 2016, with a review planned for 2017. This is the outcome of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) special meeting in Genoa, Italy. WWF is concerned over the too rapid increase especially while little progress has been made to strengthen traceability in this fishery.
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Focus on: Taza National Park, Algeria
The scenery is of breathtaking beauty – volcanic mountains covered with a dense forest of cork oaks, the cliffs plunging into crystal clear waters.
Facts and figures: Taza
- One of Algeria’s main tourist destinations, the Jijelian coast, also known as the Saphire Coast, welcomes over 5 million tourists each summer.
- The marine part of Taza National Park encompasses 9,600 hectares and 30km of coastline.
- 617 taxa have been identified in the waters surrounding the park.
- Posidonia meadows are remarkable with formations on rocks that are only found in Algeria and Tunisia.
- There are many other precious marine habitats – coralligenous, worm snails “trottoirs”, Cystoseira forests.
- Endangered species (giant patella, pen shell and loggerhead sea turtle) are present.