Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Governments agree 20% hike in bluefin tuna catch

Apparent recovery of Atlantic bluefin tuna stocks prompts decision by 48 countries to raise fishing quotas for species

Tuesday 18 November 2014 15.20 GMT
Fishing nations agreed on Monday to a 20% annual increase over three years in quotas of bluefin tuna caught in the Mediterranean and East Atlantic, environmental groups said.

But they failed once more to back a ban on shark-finning – a practice fuelled by demand in Asia – or strengthen protection for the Mediterranean swordfish, the sources said.

The tuna decision came against the backdrop of an apparent recovery in stocks of the species, called Atlantic bluefin.

This year’s quota of 13,500 tonnes will rise to 16,142 tonnes in 2015 and 19,296 tonnes in 2016, according to green groups, who attended the meeting as observers.

The 2017 quota has been provisionally set for 23,155 tonnes, but will be reviewed in the light of a stock assessment to be carried out in 2016, they said.

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