EU committed to tuna recovery plan

28 May 2013
Bluefin tuna. Credit: NOAA/Marine Photobank

Bluefin tuna. Credit: NOAA/Marine Photobank

The European Commission has said that it has reaffirmed its commitment to the sustainable management of bluefin tuna during the 2013 main fishing season in the Mediterranean and the Eastern Atlantic.

The fishing season began on 26 May and ends on 24 June.

A number of new control measures were adopted by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) as part of its reinforced multi-annual recovery plan for bluefin tuna in November 2012. The plan enhances the sustainable management of the stock and introduces a number of new control measures.

As part of the recovery plan, a strict control and inspection programme has been put in place which involves deployment of inspectors, patrol vessels and aircrafts coordinated by the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) and the Member States concerned. The European Commission also monitors catches and analyses Vessel Monitoring System data on a constant basis to ensure that all rules, and particularly the individual vessels' quotas, are fully respected.

The European Commission says that all necessary measures are being taken to ensure full compliance with the new provisions and ultimately the success of the recovery plan and long term sustainability of the stock.

The overall 2013 EU quota for bluefin tuna is 7 548,1 tonnes and vessels from seven EU member states are active in the fishery (Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Malta, Cyprus).

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