Farmed tunas. (Photo: MARM)
460 bluefin tuna released from fattening farm
Friday, February 24, 2012, 23:10 (GMT + 9)
After the end of the bluefin tuna fishing season for 2011, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MARM), through the Fisheries Secretariat, decided to release about 460 specimens from a fattening farm in Murcia.
The decision was made when slaughtering operations were completed and having reached the quota authorized based on the weight limit, according to the fattening rate table proposed by the Scientific Committee of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT).
Staff of the Fish Inspection Services verified the release of the tuna to ensure the survival of the fish. Technicians from the Spanish Oceanographic Institute (IEO) and an observer from ICCAT Regional Program were also present.
Another 55 of the remaining tuna were sent to the IEO of Murcia and will be integrated into the scientific project SELFDOTT (Self-sustained Aquaculture and Domestication of Bluefin Tuna), on the reproductive cycle of this tuna.
MARM authorities explained that their decision is based "in its commitment to transparency and the fulfilment of all obligations, both at EU level and internationally."
Spain was assigned a quota of 2,411 tonnes of bluefin tuna in 2011. This year the figure remains the same, since the recovery plan for bluefin tuna is still unchanged, as decided in the last Annual Meeting of ICCAT, held in Istanbul.
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By Analia Murias