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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Talks leave something to be desired

The South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) Third Preparatory Conference, which recently took place in Santiago, Chile, has not produced totally satisfying results. Though the Interim Measures for the jack mackerel stock for 2012 will be renewed under conditions that are in line with EU’s position, the European Commission (EC) expresses concern about the lack of Peruvian cooperation.
According to a recent EC press release, in the course of the SPRFMO Third Preparatory Conference, an agreement was reached to further limit catches to 40% of the 2010 baseline.The EU overall catch limit was fixed at 27 000 tonnes for 2012, a sharp reduction from 135 000 tonnes in 2010.
Nevertheless Peru set a unilateral quota for its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which does not comply with the scientific advice and risks to undermine the general effort deployed from all other participants in the fishery for the conservation and management of the jack mackerel stock.
The SPRFMO Convention is expected to enter into force before the end of 2012, allowing the SPRFMO to start working properly at the beginning of 2013. At the moment, all decisions are taken on voluntary basis.

Source: European Commission