ICCAT increases bluefin tuna quotas based on stock assessments, but some say increases are too large
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - Nov. 17, 2014
WWF said that the increases in Atlantic Tuna quotas approved by ICCAT this week are too much, too soon.
The organization which governs tuna fishing in the Mediterranean and Atlantic, agreed to increase the TAC from 13,500 tons in 2014 to 19,296 tons in 2016, a 20% increase in each of the next two years.
“It might seem a paradox, but the bluefin tuna case confirms that sometimes it’s more difficult to manage a success than a crisis,” Dr. Sergi Tudela, Head of Fisheries Programme at WWF Mediterranean said. “It’s hard to apply the term ‘moderate’ to an annual increase of 20% over 3 years. We are concerned that the huge conservation efforts of the last years might quickly fade away.”
The group set a 20% increase as a target for 2017 as well, but that is conditional on a future assessment...
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