MEXICO - The National Commissioner of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Mario Aguilar Sanchez, has announced the approval of a measure for the sustainable management of bluefin tuna stocks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO).
The proposal submitted by Mexico, the US and Japan was adopted unanimously on October 29, during the 87th Meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC).
The adoption of this binding measure was based on the orientation and consideration of the advice of the scientific staff of the IATTC and the International Scientific Committee for tuna and tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean (ISC).
The objective is to achieve a rapid recovery of the population to sustainable levels.
This resolution has reduced commercial catches of bluefin tuna around the EPO during 2015 and 2016 to levels below those observed in 2010-2012.
Importantly, this resolution provides a comprehensive assessment of the status of the entire stock of Pacific bluefin tuna, which will guide decisions to adopt new management measures for periods beyond 2016, both in the eastern and central Pacific Ocean and West.
Both Mexico and the United States expressed their commitment to ensure full compliance measures and periodic reporting of catches to the IATTC.
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