The bluefin tuna is back in the Mediterranean after years of conservation policy, with a drastic reduction in quotas. The species almost became extinct ten years ago due to overfishing.
On the Côte d’Azur, the bluefin tuna is back after years of a policy of safeguarding an endangered species. When hundreds of tuna spring from the water on weekends in the bay of Monaco, sport fishermen immediately surround them. Sport fishing is authorized here all year round, provided the fish are thrown back into the water. “We have populations of tuna that are there all year round, with animals that are 1m50, 1m60, 2 meters, 2m20 … therefore larger than humans. It is a kind of fascinating sea monster”, explains David Gamba, the president of the Monegasque Sport Fishing Federation.
Scientists observe them using beacons to better protect them. “Be careful, we made mistakes in the past. We tell ourselves that there are more tuna, but for the moment there are still a lot of small tuna, we have to wait until the stock is really consolidated”, says Philippe Mondielli, scientific director of the Prince Albert II Foundation. As fishing quotas have increased sharply in recent years, scientists fear a decline of the species in the near future.