Extracts from the press briefing by Nathalie Charbonneau, spokesperson of Joe Borg, on the bluefin tuna campaign
At the 13 June 2008 EC press briefing, Nathalie Charbonneau, spokesperson of Joe Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, confirmed that the European Commission is closing the blue fin tuna fishery in the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic for the purse seine fleets, as it deems that the quotas allocated to them will shortly have been exhausted.
Purse seiners from Greece, France, Italy, Cyprus and Malta will be prohibited from fishing as of 00h00 16 June 2008, and purse seiners from Spain will be prohibited from fishing as of 00h00 23 June 2008.
The decision is based on the data and information in the possession of the Commission. Other segments of the fleet which still have quota available are free to continue fishing.
The closure of the purse seine fishery is necessary to protect this fragile resource, and ensure the recovery of the stock in line with the 15-year recovery plan agreed by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT). The Commission is determined to use all necessary means to prevent a recurrence of the substantial overfishing seen in 2007. SHOTLIST