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An emblematic Mediterranean species, the bluefin tuna Thunnus thynnus has been fished for over 7,000 years. It has come to symbolise the fragility of marine resources, threatened by uncurbed, unsustainable human activities. Bluefin tuna were heavily overfished in the early 1990s. The introduction of fishing quotas from 2008 has helped to reverse the decline. However, the increase in permitted catches for the period 2018-2020 raises the risk of overfishing once more.

Design François GUIOL
Line-engraving Pierre BARA
Printing process 5 colours steel-engraving
Size of the stamp 40 x 31.77 mm horizontal
Quantity of issue 45,000 stamps
Note Sheet of 10 stamps with illuminations