Advertisement

Tuna Wars pp 165-174 | Cite as

The Fall

  • Steven Adolf
Chapter

Abstract

‘Disappointing this year,’ said Diego Crespo in 2008 in response to an inquiry as to how his almadraba was doing. We stood on the quay of the port of Barbate and watched the boats which had just returned from Zahara de los Atunes. Those asking the fishermen for figures kept on receiving gloomy answers. Around 1200 tonnes were caught in the four almadrabas on the south coast in the 2008 season. In 2007 that was still 1350 tonnes. Diego Crespo is the director of the almadraba of Zahara de los Atunes and also president of the association controlling the last working almadrabas on the Spanish south coast. ‘Of course,’ he says, ‘you never know with tuna. It swims closer to the coast 1 year than another. There are stronger and weaker year classes. The catch can depend on the clarity of the water, the temperature and the strength of the currents.’ But altogether the trend in catch figures was a source of worry a decade into the twenty-first century. Fewer and fewer bluefin tuna were swimming into the nets.

References

  1. 105.
    Fromentin J (2003) The East Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna stock management: uncertainties and alternatives. Sci Mar 67(S1):51–62.  https://doi.org/10.3989/scimar.2003.67s151 CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 106.
    Fromentin JM (2008) An attempt to evaluate the recent management regulations of the East Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna stock through a simple simulation model. Collect Vol Sci Pap ICCAT 62:1271–1279Google Scholar
  3. 108.
    Fromentin J-M, Powers JE (2005) Atlantic bluefin tuna: population dynamics, ecology, fisheries and management. Fish Fish.  https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-2979.2005.00197.x CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 172.
    Miyake P (2001) Atlantic bluefin tuna: research and management. European Association of Fisheries EconomistsGoogle Scholar
  5. 173.
    Miyake M (2010) Recent developments in the tuna industry. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, RomeGoogle Scholar
  6. 174.
    Miyake MP, Miyabe N, Nakano H (2004) Historical trends of tuna catches in the world: FAO Technical Paper 467. FAO, RomeGoogle Scholar
  7. 212.
    Safina C, Klinger D (2008) Collapse of bluefin tuna in the Western Atlantic. Conserv Biol 22:243–246.  https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2008.00901.x CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven Adolf
    • 1
  1. 1.AmsterdamThe Netherlands

Personalised recommendations