Next expert please

Wednesday May 23, 2018 Published in Letters to the Editor
"The state of tuna stock in the Pacific is “actually quite good”. "The state of tuna stock in the Pacific is “actually quite good”.

Dear Editor,

We are all used to the ‘experts’ who visit us for a few days, give us their expert advice on what we should be doing, and then depart forever.

Mr ‘Bubba’ Cook, World Wide Fund for Nature’s Western and Central Pacific tuna programme manager, has to be in line for the ‘2018 Best Expert Advice’ prize, for his comment that the state of tuna stock in the Pacific is “actually quite good”.

If you google the ‘World Wildlife Fund’ and check under tuna stocks, you will find the following notations: Albacore – near threatened; bigeye tuna – vulnerable; bluefin – endangered; yellowfin – near threatened; skipjack – least concern.

This is consistent with the information provided by the Pacific Commission (SPC), which is our regional body providing scientific analysis of our resources in the Pacific.

Why the difference? Well, the answer lies in a careful examination of the name of Bubba’s organisation. This is the World Wide Fund for Nature, not the WWF.

So another expert passes by our shores.

Next ‘expert’ please.

            Tina

            (Full name and address supplied)

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