Tuna stocks

MAJOR TUNA fishing nations, including Spain, have backed plans to temporarily cease tuna fishing in the Mediterranean.

The organisation responsible for managing the fishing, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (Iccat), was blasted in a report it was forced to commission for not providing stronger measures against illegal fishing.

Catches are currently four times higher than recommended by scientists, which has led to tuna stocks being only one third of the level recorded in the 1970s.