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WWF warns ICCAT on bluefin tuna quota increase consequences

EUROPEAN UNION
Friday, November 10, 2017, 00:50 (GMT + 9)

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) strongly warns that any rapid increase in East Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna fishing quotas would impair the full recovery of the stocks.

The conservation organisation released this warning ahead of next week’s meeting in Morocco of the European Union and other fishing nations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) to discuss a potential drastic increase in the total allowable catch of the species.

According to the NGO, after a struggle of more than 10 years to save and sustainably manage the bluefin tuna threatened stock, the ICCAT scientific committee is suggesting an increase in the total allowable catch up to 36,000 tonnes by 2020 (more than double the 2015 quota), while at the same time declaring that the stock has not yet recovered.

“The same scientists are also warning that such a catch level would potentially decrease the bluefin tuna population in coming years,” WWF claims in its press release.

The NGO also points out that the EU is proposing to interrupt the recovery plan, adopted in 2007 and supposed to end in 2022, so 5 years before the original deadline.

In this regard, WWF warns that this will open new negotiations and change management measures, leading to weaker management of the bluefin tuna population.

"Bluefin tuna stock is not yet ready to support such a rapid increase in catches and would suffer from less strict management. It took us more than ten years to bring bluefin tuna back to our seas, and we cannot lose it again for short-term profit" declared Alessandro Buzzi, Fisheries Projects Manager at WWF Mediterranean."

“The measures adopted for the recovery of the species are generating very positive results, with bluefin tuna no longer being overfished. We urge governments to build on this success and wait for the complete recovery of the species," he added.

WWF recommends a quota of 28,000 tonnes by 2020 to allow the population to continue to grow and calls for a continuation of the recovery plan until the stock is declared recovered by scientists.

In addition, WWF asks for nations to allocate higher quotas to small-scale fisheries, which have been almost excluded from access to the resource for the last ten years, provided that the current monitoring and control standards are ensured.

WWF also warns about the unknown impacts of Illegal Unreported Unregulated (IUU) fishing, suspected to be still prevalent in the Mediterranean.

"Rebuilding the bluefin tuna stock was a huge challenge. We need to learn from the past and be patient until the stock has finally recovered. This should happen soon, if we continue to apply best practices," Buzzi stresses.
 


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