European Member States have exhausted their bluefin tuna quotas early and purse seiners from Spain, France, Italy, Malta and Greece are back in ports.
The season was due to last
from 26 May to 24 June.
the ICCAT annual meeting held in November 2012 a number of measures were
adopted to enhance the sustainable management of the stock. Total Allowable
Catches have slightly been increased and as of 2013, control and traceability
of bluefin tuna for both fishing and farming activities have been further
year the quota monitoring is based on what fishing vessels declare as well as
on what goes in and out of bluefin tuna farms, and the Commission has noted efficient
results are being recorded.
of bluefin tuna is an increasingly important economic activity that needed to
be included in control policies. In parallel with quota monitoring, it is also
of great importance to control caging activities to ensure that no quota is
overshot, says the Commission.
the Commission sadly reports that near Sicily at least seven migrants were
killed while holding on to bluefin tuna cages towed by fishing vessels.
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