Having the two Greenpeace ships in the Mediterranean however has helped to focus attention on the issue and with three ships from two separate NGO’s plus increased military surveillance, the illegal fishery will be reduced, although certainly not eliminated.

There is no doubt that a total ban and a zero quota will be required to prevent the extinction of the bluefin. However, the price placed on the head of a single bluefin by the Japanese market is a powerful incentive to continue illegal activity.

The winds continue to blow at around thirty knots down from forty to fifty knots yesterday. This means no fishing operations under these circumstances, at least for the next few days. The Steve Irwin will use this as an opportunity to move westward to see what can be found.