Yesterday Tuesday, November 14, the Marrakesh meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) began to decide on catches of eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna.
The scientific opinions explain that there has been an improvement in the biomass of bluefin tuna, guaranteeing the good state of the fishery. Thus, a TAC of 36,000 tons between 2017 and 2020 is recommended, gradually increasing.
Regarding Spain, in view of this scenario the Ministry of Fisheries has presented a plan that regulates the catch of bluefin tuna in the coming years and establishes quota increases for fleets affected by the recovery restrictions of the species.
However, longliners will try to maintain catches of shortfin mako shark, which scientists have considered an endangered species.