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Spain Releases 460 Bluefin From Fattening Farm To Meet Quota

The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MARM), through the Fisheries Secretariat, has released about 460 bluefin tuna from a fattening farm in Murcia, after the end of the 2011 bluefin tuna fishing campaign.
The decision has been made once the slaughtering operations were completed and having reached the quota authorized based on the weight limit, according to the fattening rate table proposed by the Scientific Committee of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT).

55 of the remaining tuna has been put at the disposition of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), at its installations in Murcia and will be integrated into the scientific project SELFDOTT (Self-sustained Aquaculture and Domestication of Bluefin Tuna), on the reproductive cycle of this tuna.

The Fish Inspection Services was present to verify the release of the tuna to ensure the survival of the fish. Technicians from the Spanish Oceanographic Institute (IEO) and an observer from ICCAT Regional Program were also present.

The 2011 quota assigned to Spain was of 2,411 tons of bluefin tuna. This year the figure remains the same, since the recovery plan for bluefin tuna is still unchanged, as decided in the last Annual Meeting of ICCAT, held in Istanbul.