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The setting of Total Allowable Catch for NAFO fish stocks will take centre stage at the 36th Annual Meeting to be held in Vigo, Galicia from 22-26 September 2014.
Since 14 September 2014, eight shark and ray species have received extra protection from unsustainable trade. They have been listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and now have to be accompanied by export or import permits issued by EU countries when they enter or leave the EU market.

Statement on the ICCAT Annual Meeting and bluefin tuna

Statement - 09/11/2010

On 9 November 2010 the European Commission adopted a proposal for the EU position on bluefin tuna at the upcoming meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). At the meeting,  ICCAT Parties will be called to agree on a bluefin tuna recovery plan for the period 2011-2013. Commissioner Damanaki has issued the following statement:

"This is a major step forward. For the first time we have a clear Commission proposal for a Council mandate for a reduction of the total allowable catches of bluefin tuna, based on science. This is about a reduction in ICCAT on catches, through a precautionary approach. This is much more effective than an approach that would simply aim at adjusting catches around last year's figures. This mandate, once adopted by the Council, will ensure that the EU can successfully defend its interests, the long-term sustainability of this sensitive stock, and the prospects of our fishermen and our industry in ICCAT in a few days in Paris.  The Commission will also seek on behalf of the EU to implement measures to promote the process of eliminating fishing overcapacity and to ensure that effective control measures are reinforced. We are now well on track for a good result, but this Commission proposal needs first to be adopted by the Council".