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
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).
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.
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
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 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