Tuna stock no longer in a bad state: It’s time to reap the fruits – PS Camilleri
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The Agriculture and Fisheries (AGRIFISH) Council meeting held in Luxembourg was attended by Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights Clint Camilleri.
Together with EU ministers, he discussed, he discussed, among other topics, fishing in the Baltic Sea, the annual meeting of the ICCAT (International Commission for-the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas) regulating tuna and swordfish, and the latest developments in the agricultural market.
The Parliamentary Secretary mentioned the positive results that emerged last week during the meeting of the SCRS (Standing Committee on Research and Statistics) regarding tuna in the Mediterranean.
He said that, “this recent study gave a clear indication that the stock of blue-fin tuna has recovered from the bad state it was previously in, and it is now time to reap the fruits of the success achieved by the Recovery Plan.”
The Parliamentary Secretary stated that this new study will undoubtedly trigger extensive discussions on this species and the overall Recovery Plan.
He added that, “we must not forget that the positive success of this stock is a result of the sacrifices made by small-scale artisanal fishermen, a sector that despite having minimal impact on this resource, has significant socio-economic effects on small communities that depend on fishing.”
He said that now, is therefore the time to reward the efforts made by small-scale and artisanal fishers by moving onto a tuna management plan.
The Parliamentary Secretary explained that he expects this plan to bring about simplification measures as well as to potentially increase the quota allocation.
ICCAT, is an annual appointment of utmost importance that will take place from the 14th to the 22nd of November of this year in Marrakech, Morocco and the Parliamentary Secretary said that the Maltese Government recognises the difficulties that the European Union will encounter during the discussions at the ICCAT meeting.
He took the opportunity to thank European Commissioner Karmenu Vella and his team for all their work and efforts in preparation for this very important meeting.