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EU Sees Positives In WCPFC Manila Meeting European Union, December 10, 12

The EU sees progress made at the recent Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) tuna talks in Manila.

The European Commission says that it is pleased with the adoption of a stronger Conservation and Management Measure (CMM) for tropical tunas, even though it regrets that the measure is only limited to one year.

The EU particularly welcomes the increase in the period for Fishing Aggregating Devices (FADs) closure which is expected, according to scientific advice, to have positive impact on the conservation of the stocks.

Also the commitment of all WCPFC members to work on the basis of a clear action plan towards the development of a multi-annual management measure for tropical tuna is welcomed.

The EU says it says worked alongside the US to table a joint proposal for an ambitious approach on the collection of data on FADs, which aimed to put in place a strong flanking measure to ensure better respect of the obligations deriving from the CMM. Regrettably, other WPCFC members did not favor the approach proposed; the EU considers that the establishment of clear FADs management should be a priority for WPFC and says it will continue to work in that direction.

The Commission also regrets the lack of support for its proposals on the minimum standards on port state measures and on the access agreements information. These proposals would have reinforced WCPFC capacity to monitor compliance with conservation measures, provided a useful tool in the fight against IUU and increased transparency. On this last issue, the Commission considers that increasing transparency could positively affect other aspects of the WCPFC management approach. The Commission will continue to work in order to achieve those objectives and have these measures adopted at next annual meeting of the WCPFC.

The Commission welcomes the agreement on the EU proposal on Best Available Science, and the new WCPFC measures for the protection of whale sharks and sea-birds.
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