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Annual ICCAT Meeting: Follow Science to Maintain Tuna Recovery

25 November 2013

GLOBAL - At the final day of the Annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), EU Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki addressed the plenary and reemphasized the importance for ICCAT to continue to manage fish stocks in a way that allows for sustainable yield for fishermen and ensures a stable flow of products to the markets.

The EU position on the Eastern bluefin tuna is clear: the precautionary approach should prevail until new advice is available on the state of the stocks.

Therefore, the EU supports the Scientific Committee's call for stability in the management of the stocks, including maintaining of the TAC, to allow for better assessments with fewer uncertainties in the future.

Next to its efforts for the recovery of bluefin tuna, the EU continues to push for the protection of vulnerable shark species and will therefore work with the other Contracting Parties to support ICCAT measures which ban shark finning and are in line with the EU rules adopted recently.

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