These measures will be based on scientific advice and a report issued in October, and compiled by Pew Environmental Group. The report said that more than twice as many tonnes of bluefin tuna were sold in 2010 when compared with official ICCAT catch records.
During the meeting the Total Allowable Catches (TACs) for a number of species will also be set.
The target quota has been the same since 2010, amounting to 12,900 tonnes. Statistics released by the National Statistics Office said that in Malta almost 131 metric tonnes of tuna were caught in 2010, almost 1 per cent of the total quota of 12,900. Furthermore the total amount of swordfish caught in 2010 reached almost 294 metric tonnes.
This trend seems to be on the decrease since in the period between April and June 2011 the catch of bluefin tuna and swordfish decreased by 34.7 and 7.7 per cent respectively when compared to 2010.
The EU will also promote mitigation measures against incidental catches of seabirds.
The Total Allowable Catches of 12,900 for bluefin tuna is expected to be maintained for 2013. The EU said that at the meeting, utmost attention will be paid to check that all Contracting Parties comply with the conservation and enforcement rules in place, in particular with regard to bluefin and tropical tuna, to ensure a level playing field between parties and to strengthen the measures' efficiency.
The EU will continue to lead the development of an electronic Catch Documentation System for Bluefin Tuna (e-BCD replacing the existing paper-based system. Moreover it will continue to promote the adoption of Port State Measures.
The EU will also promote the adoption of Catch Document Programmes for other species managed by ICCAT.
In line with Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki's recent letter to ICCAT's Chairman, the EU will propose to launch an initiative to consolidate and further improve scientific advice to facilitate sound and effective decisions by ICCAT fisheries managers.
This initiative will include incentives for Contracting Parties to submit the catch data required to assess the stocks, including sharks, under the ICCAT Convention.