THE world’s most endangered fish, the bluefin tuna have received help from an unlikely source.
Japan, long considered the nation responsible for driving the species into decline, is now calling to strengthen its numbers.
After years of lobbying, the country has agreed to support the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna.
Fisheries boss Hitoshi Takahashi said: “We want to keep eating bluefin and to do that we need to see they are fished in a sustainable way.”
His vows follow an unsuccessful meeting of tuna-fishing nations in Paris, where European attempts to halve the existing quota were thwarted by the French.
The quota now stands at 13,500 tonnes but conservationists have warned that it must drop to 6000 tonnes if the stocks are to be allowed to come back.