Bluefin tuna season 2013: EU committed to full implementation of reinforced multi-annual recovery plan
EU News 256/2013
Brussels, 27 May 2013
The European Commission has reaffirmed its commitment to the sustainable management of bluefin tuna during the 2013 main fishing season in the Mediterranean and the Eastern Atlantic. The period 26 May to 24 June marks the season where large vessels, purse seiners, are allowed to fish for bluefin tuna. Together with fish traps the quotas for purse seiners account for 83% of the overall 2013 EU quota of 7 548,1 tonnes. Vessels from seven EU member states are active in the fishery (Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Malta, Cyprus).
In close collaboration with the EFCA, Member States and other ICCAT Contracting Parties, all necessary measures are being taken to ensure full compliance with the new provisions and ultimately the success of the recovery plan and long term sustainability of the stock.
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