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Press Briefing: International Meeting on Tuna, Sharks and Illegal Fishing

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On Thursday, Nov. 8, the Pew Environment Group hosted a media phone briefing on the upcoming meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).

Beginning Nov. 12, 48 member governments will gather for a week in Agadir, Morocco, to discuss conservation and management of tuna, particularly the valuable and severely depleted Atlantic bluefin tuna, and several species of threatened sharks; as well as to explore questions of illegal fishing, possible solutions and combating fraud.

Experts from Pew provided an overview of the key issues relating to bluefin tuna, sharks and illegal fishing.

Download an mp3 of the briefing here.

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