Category Archives: ICCAT

EUROPECHE regrets the Recommendations adopted by ICCAT on Bluefin tuna; Accuses EC of failure to reach balanced agreement re. 2018 TAC in Med

Continue reading EUROPECHE regrets the Recommendations adopted by ICCAT on Bluefin tuna; Accuses EC of failure to reach balanced agreement re. 2018 TAC in Med

“EU leads the way to sustainable fisheries”; But EC regrets that EU’s ICCAT proposal to move towards a more long-term management plan was postponed

Continue reading “EU leads the way to sustainable fisheries”; But EC regrets that EU’s ICCAT proposal to move towards a more long-term management plan was postponed

“SMOOTH running of 2017 Bluefin tuna season” – EC: First time for all EU operators to use electronic catch documentation system

Continue reading “SMOOTH running of 2017 Bluefin tuna season” – EC: First time for all EU operators to use electronic catch documentation system

OCEANA highlights lack of trade traceability & transparency in lucrative Mediterranean swordfish market; Mixing healthy Atlantic swordfish with critical Mediterranean stock

Continue reading OCEANA highlights lack of trade traceability & transparency in lucrative Mediterranean swordfish market; Mixing healthy Atlantic swordfish with critical Mediterranean stock

MEDITERRANEAN swordfish on the verge of collapse: WWF raises the alarm ahead of ICCAT meeting

Continue reading MEDITERRANEAN swordfish on the verge of collapse: WWF raises the alarm ahead of ICCAT meeting

WWF concerned about “critically low stock status of Pacific bluefin tuna”; Urges for target size to be increased or… suspension of fisheries

Continue reading WWF concerned about “critically low stock status of Pacific bluefin tuna”; Urges for target size to be increased or… suspension of fisheries

STRICT catch limits to save bluefin tuna are needed in the Pacific, WWF tells IATCC; “Majority of catches are juveniles”

Continue reading STRICT catch limits to save bluefin tuna are needed in the Pacific, WWF tells IATCC; “Majority of catches are juveniles”

EUROPECHE to advocate increased TAC for bluefin tuna, management plans for sharks & recovery of Mediterranean swordfish at ICCAT’s annual meeting

Continue reading EUROPECHE to advocate increased TAC for bluefin tuna, management plans for sharks & recovery of Mediterranean swordfish at ICCAT’s annual meeting

EASTERN Pacific fisheries commission ‘needs plans for Bluefin tuna recovery & reduced fishing capacity’; ‘At least 50% over optimal scientifically recommended level’ says WWF

Continue reading EASTERN Pacific fisheries commission ‘needs plans for Bluefin tuna recovery & reduced fishing capacity’; ‘At least 50% over optimal scientifically recommended level’ says WWF

IUU Fishing: Near real-time information on vessels authorized to fish for tuna now available online (& updated daily); Collaboration among tuna RFMOs

Continue reading IUU Fishing: Near real-time information on vessels authorized to fish for tuna now available online (& updated daily); Collaboration among tuna RFMOs

ICCAT 2014: “Sustainable” <20% increase for Bluefin tuna quota “supported by science”; But “too much too soon” & “ICCAT kills conservation of sharks & swordfish” say eNGOs

The European Union has welcomed Tuesday (November 17,2014) the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic’s Tuna (ICCAT) decision to increase the quota for Eastern and Mediterranean Bluefin tuna by just under 20% a year over the next three years. EC statement continued below un-edited; together with the statement issued by eNGOs WWF and Oceana which argue that it is “too much, too soon” and that ICCAT has “failed once again to look beyond Eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna”. Continue reading ICCAT 2014: “Sustainable” <20% increase for Bluefin tuna quota “supported by science”; But “too much too soon” & “ICCAT kills conservation of sharks & swordfish” say eNGOs

“ICCAT cannot ignore pirate fishing happening in its waters” – Oceana; Some vessels “blacklisted for decades” still fishing…

On Saturday (November 15, 2014), Oceana has called upon the 49 Contracting Parties to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) to examine and take action on activities related to illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the ICCAT Convention area, involving pirate vessels that are blacklisted by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).

Continue reading “ICCAT cannot ignore pirate fishing happening in its waters” – Oceana; Some vessels “blacklisted for decades” still fishing…

‘LOTs of logistical problems when you’re trying to survey a highly migratory species that doesn’t pay attention to international borders’ – ICCAT & tuna

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service has published online (November 12, 2014) the transcript of an interview with Dr. Clay Porch, the NOAA Fisheries scientist who chaired the assessment for the Western stock of Atlantic bluefin tuna at the ICCAT 2014 annual meeting being held this week.

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WWF urges delegates to improve tuna traceability & “stay cautious” re. Mediterranean bluefin tuna management & maintain current TAC

As the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) opens its 19th special meeting in Genoa, Italy on Monday 10 November, the ENGO WWF calls today (November 7, 2014) on delegates to “stay cautious regarding the management of Mediterranean bluefin tuna” Continue reading WWF urges delegates to improve tuna traceability & “stay cautious” re. Mediterranean bluefin tuna management & maintain current TAC

OCEANA reveals European Commission documents proving illegal fishing of Mediterranean swordfish by Italian fleet

As EU Member State representatives met in Brussels to discuss the EU position on management of highly migratory species such as bluefin tuna and swordfish, Oceana has unveiled last week (October 29, 2014) a report –seen following of freedom to information request – by the European Commission that proves how the Italian fleet blatantly violates current international fisheries measures in force for Mediterranean swordfish. Continue reading OCEANA reveals European Commission documents proving illegal fishing of Mediterranean swordfish by Italian fleet

“WWF remains cautiously optimistic”: Mediterranean bluefin tuna stock improving but caution still needed, say scientists

WWF said earlier this month that it remains “cautiously optimistic” at the close of the International Committee for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) scientists’ meeting to assess the health of bluefin tuna stocks in the East Atlantic and the Mediterranean. But WWF reiterates the ongoing need for tough rules and close monitoring to ensure the full recovery of the species population.  Continue reading “WWF remains cautiously optimistic”: Mediterranean bluefin tuna stock improving but caution still needed, say scientists