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ICCAT To Meet On Bluefin Catch Limit Review

The Standing Committee on Research and Statistics (SCRS) of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) are to meet this week in the Spanish capital, where they will review data on the stock levels and catch limits of Atlantic bluefin in the west and east.
The ICCAT will decide whether to maintain the current limits or increase the bluefin fishing quotas.

The committee will suggest recommendations that relate to the improvement of the population of the species. This follows nations such as Canada and Japan pushing for a re-opening of negotiations on bluefin fishing quotas.

International Conservation Organization, Pew Environment believes that the SCRS recommendations are “extremely important” because there must be decisions made on whether increasing limits will threaten the future of the bluefin, and if it is more beneficial to maintain the current quotas.

The SCRS’s management recommendations will be revealed at the regular ICCAT meeting in Cape Town, which this year will be held from the 18th to 25th of November.