The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, ICCAT, will be meeting in Marrakech in Morocco from November 14 to 22.
The Commission is composed of 51 contracting parties, among which the European Union and Japan. It may be joined by any UN member government, any UN agency and any intergovernmental organizations duly delegated by its own member countries.
Multinationals in the sector are currently lobbying members of the Commission to abandon the quota system that has ensured the repopulation of the species in recent years. So much so that, by way of a compromise, the ICCAT Scientific Committee suggests raising total allowable catches (TACs) to 36,000 tons by 2020, more than double the 2015 quota, and making the international organization’s decisions binding on the parties.
The EU TAC for 2017 has been set at 7,428.75 tons, to be shared among the Member States, of which 3,304.82 are due to Italy (plus 15 tons for angling and/or recreational fishing).
‘These figures are already too high,’ is the message of Silvio Greco, president of the Slow Fish scientific committee. ‘The whole international scientific community agrees that raising quotas or, worse still, abolishing them would not allow us to reconstitute fish stocks. We are thus calling on governments not to lower their guard. Because the tuna are not safe yet.’