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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

EP to help save bluefin tuna

With the aim of further reducing illegal catches of bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean, and therefore ensuring more sustainable development of stocks,   MEPs recently backed new international measures, which were agreed at the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) in November 2010.
The MEP Raül Romeva i Rueda, who steered the new legislation through Parliament, notably stresses that these rules must be implemented quickly, as the bluefin fishing season has just opened. Additionally, given that the EU is a contracting party to ICCAT, it  is obliged to incorporate its recommendations into EU law.  
Nonetheless,  Mr Romeva i Rueda thinks that,  while taking a step in the right direction, the rules fall far short of following scientific advice. “This is a missed opportunity to bring bluefin back from the brink”, he adds.
The regulation will enter into force once it has been endorsed by the Council.

Source: European Parliament