Bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean
Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 302/2009 concerning a multiannual recovery plan for bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean
(COM(2011)0330 – C7-0154/2011 – 2011/0144(COD))
This report by Raül ROMEVA i RUEDA (Greens/EFA, ES), was written for and adopted by the Committee on Fisheries. It addresses the large-scale, on-going problems arising from the over fishing of blue-fin tuna, and what the EU can do to manage this issue.
The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) has modified, amended and annexed its recovery plan many times. However, there are considerable sums of money associated with the illegal fishing industry and the ICCAT has always been “scrambling to catch up” with the IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) vessels, whose technology is quick to adapt to avoid new detection methods.
In light of this, it is suggested in the report that the EU adopts a recovery plan which would implement designated no-fishing zones in six major spawning areas in the Mediterranean. This recovery plan would also impose a minimum catch weight of 30kg (some exemptions apply, such as bait boats which catch smaller tuna using lines rather than nets).
The European Parliament voted to approve the report on the 22nd May with 635 for, 16 against and 11 abstentions.
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