Spanish and French tuna fishery closed

31 May 2012

The season usually lasts from 16 May-14 June but the purse seine quota allocated to both countries was exhausted on 29 May at 20:00.

Both Member States have decided to call back their vessels to port, a decision which the Commission has welcomed.

The six Spanish and nine French purse seiners were operating together in Joint Fishing Operations, which has lead to a more rapid exhaustion of their quota.

The Commission says that this is a clear indication that the ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas) and EU rules are effective since no vessels can continue to remain at sea once the quota is exhausted.

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