Environmentalists Slam ICCAT for “Meagre” Bluefin Quota Cuts

Posted on December 14, 2010 by International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development

A drive by environmentalists to significantly cut next year’s fishing quotas for the prized bluefin tuna failed at last month’s International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) meeting in Paris. The call to slash the total allowable catch (TAC) of the fish was blocked by Mediterranean fishing nations such as France, Italy, and Spain, which had previously swayed the EU Commission to focus on the concerns of European fishermen instead of the possible long-term effects on the tuna population. By the end of the meeting, which ran from 17-27 November, ICCAT had set the TAC for 2011 at 12,900 metric tonnes, a decrease of only 600 tonnes from 2010 levels.

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Issues: Bluefin Tuna