Bluefin population is on the rebound

Published Nov 11, 2012 at 04:00AM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — After defeating a proposal in 2010 to ban the export of an endangered fish that is a key ingredient of sushi, Japan and Asian nations argued it should be left to quota-setting international fisheries bodies to bring the species back from the brink.

Two years on, their strategy for rebuilding stocks of Atlantic Bluefin tuna appears to be working.

Thanks in part to a sharp reduction in the amount of fish legally caught, the bluefin population in the Atlantic is on the rebound though “the magnitude and speed of the increase vary considerably,” according to a stock assessment by scientists.