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Friday, 16 July 2010

France wants to increase its Indian Ocean tuna capacity by 500%

France’s Fleet Development Plan (FDP) submitted to the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) shows that the country intends to increase its tuna fishing capacity from 4.638 GT (gross tonnage) to 23.430 GT in the Indian Ocean by 2015. France intends to add one new purse seiner of 2.319 GT each year, during 2009-2012, and fifteen small tuna vessels of 1.286 GT capacity (all combined) in 2015. In addition, the country has indicated that seven existing longliners, currently configured to target toothfish, will be converted to fish for tunas in the future. No specific time-line for the introduction of these vessels has been provided. Nevertheless, this will contribute to an increase in capacity of 8.230 GT. Besides France, only Malaysia and Mauritius have submitted FDPs to the IOTC. Malaysia wants to increase its fleet to 112 vessels by 2012, and Mauritius intends to increase its fleet to 20 vessels with capacity varying from 200 to 800 GT each by 2015.

Source: Atuna