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Bluefin tuna protection increased

Broadcast: 24/11/2010


The Federal Government has listed southern bluefin tuna as conservation dependent, meaning it will
be further protected but can still be fished.


TONY JONES, PRESENTER: In a move which has failed to please both environmentalists and the fishing
industry, the Federal Government has listed southern bluefin tuna as a threatened species.

With stocks lower than eight per cent of 1940 levels, the lucrative fish has been formally
categorised as "conservation dependent".

That means the southern bluefin tuna will be further protected, but still can be fished.

The Humane Society say the listing is a good start, but does not go far enough, while Australia's
tuna fishermen say the move is unnecessary as they claim southern bluefin tuna stocks are