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The main Bluefin Tuna fishing season runs from 26 May to 24 June; this is when large vessels, purse seiners, are allowed to fish for Bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean and the Eastern Atlantic.
The Bluefin tuna fishery is regulated by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) to which the EU is a contracting party.
The 19th meeting of the IOTC was held in Busan, Korea, from 24 April to 1 May 2015. The IOTC adopted six EU proposals (stand alone or co-sponsored), including improved reporting requirements, a reinsertion of the expired IOTC capacity management framework and a conservation measure on billfish with clear indications of depletion or overfishing (striped marlin, black marlin and blue marlin).


Fisheries partnership agreement

On 26 July 2012 the European Commission, on behalf of the European Union, and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, initialled a 2-year Fisheries Partnership Protocol (FPA) between the EU and Mauritania. (Press release)

Press release of 8.10.2013: EU-Mauritania partnership strengthened by positive vote in European Parliament plenary

Main features of the FPA

Framework agreementAdopted by Council Regulation (EC) No 1801/2006 of 30.11.2006 (OJ L343 of 8.12.2006)
Duration2 years renewable (16.12.2012 – 15.12.2014)
Duration of the Protocol2 years
Entry into force of the FPA1.8.2006
Entry into force of Protocol15.11.2013

The first fisheries agreement concluded between the EU and Mauritania dates back from 1987.

Current legal framework