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Karmenu Vella. (Photo: EC)

Brussels calls for similar efforts to those for bluefin

EUROPEAN UNION
Monday, May 30, 2016, 21:20 (GMT + 9)

Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, has taken advantage of the start of the fishing season for bluefin tuna and the "success" in the recovery of this population to demand greater efforts in protecting fishery resources in the Mediterranean.

"While the fishing season for bluefin tuna begins, we see that thanks to our joint efforts, fishermen can go to sea with renewed determination. Our task this week and in the coming months it is to extend this success story to other Mediterranean stocks", he stressed.

In this sense, Vella recalled in a statement the agreement within the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) to increase the Total Allowable Catches (TACs) by 60 per cent for the next three years.

In addition, the EU executive stressed that the Mediterranean stocks "are deteriorating at an alarming rate", threatening jobs and livelihoods of "thousands of fishermen".

Therefore, the Fisheries Commissioner will move the campaign #MEdfish4ever to the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), which takes place today, May 30, in Malta, where he will urge the representatives of the States to increase recovery efforts in this sea.

The fishing season for bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean and the East Atlantic, which began on Thursday and continues until June 24, makes it possible to fish for bluefin tuna for large purse seiners to a predetermined limit, within the international recovery plan of this population.

Source: EUROPA PRESS | BRUSSELS


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