Bleufin tuna, Thunnus thynnus. (Photo: Greenpeace)
ICCAT scientists confirm bluefin tuna scientists
Monday, October 07, 2013, 23:40 (GMT + 9)
The Scientific Committee of the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) has just confirmed the recovery of the bluefin tuna in the Atlantic Ocean and in the Mediterranean Sea.
This was indicated by the Secretariat General of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama), who participated as an observer in the meeting held in Madrid from 23 September to 14 October.
Officials of the Secretariat welcomed the findings of the final report, which will be published shortly.
In their opinion, the confirmation of the ICCAT is evident in the light of the results of the 2013 fishing season.
But the Magrama regrets the fact that the Committee continues without offering an accurate assessment of the extent and rate of such recovery although all scenarios evidence biomass levels that are above the historic maximum ones.
Meanwhile, the Scientific Committee will not make specific recommendations on the total allowable catch (TAC) for next year.
The 2014 TAC will have to be set at the ICCAT annual meeting to be held in Cape Town next month.
However, the Committee scientists recognize that the recovery of the stock in terms of the biomass within the maximum sustainable yield (MSY) could be achieved with high probability by 2022 if the current TAC of 13,500 tonnes is maintained, or with increase in the TAC of up to 28,000 tonnes.
The General Secretariat of Fisheries aims to achieve a significant increase in TAC to reward the sacrifices performed by the Spanish fleets in the implementation of the Recovery Bluefin tuna Plan, started in 2008.
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By Analia Murias