Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Photographer Pete Souza on working with Barack Obama

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Donald Trump Jr.'s India visit raises eyebrows

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Weaving with water hyacinths, the archives of Syria's war, and more

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

How a Sudanese man saved his kidnapped brothers in Libya, and more

Read more

IN THE PRESS

'Never again': Florida school students become new face of US gun reform

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Quel pied! France's Fourcade skis to gold medal victory by 'inch of his foot'

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

South Africa's Ramaphosa hails 'new dawn' in state of the nation address

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

A controversial Chinese New Year

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

New Beginning? Ramaphosa Replaces Zuma in South Africa

Read more

Europe

EU ends bluefin tuna fishing season early

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-06-09

The European Commission has ordered that the bluefin tuna fishing season end five days ahead of its normal schedule. The EU decision comes after fishermen exhausted their allocated quotas off Europe’s coasts.

AFP - The European Commission on Tuesday announced an early end to the fishing season for the lucrative but endangered bluefin tuna, a mainstay of Japanese food, saying the allowable quotas had already been taken.

"The commission has declared a zero tolerance approach towards overfishing and will take all necessary measures to ensure full compliance across the board," the EU's executive arm said in a statement.

The summer season opened on June 1, but the commission announced that fishing the tuna with huge 'purse seine' nets would end at midnight, June 9, rather than the scheduled date of June 15.

EU Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki took the decision to end the fishing season early "due to the exhaustion of the quotas allocated to them."

Major tuna fishers France, Greece and Spain were informed of the decision.

"The closure of the purse seine fishery is necessary to protect the fragile stock of bluefin tuna and to ensure its recovery," the commission said.

Date created : 2010-06-09

  • FRANCE

    'Mr. Goodfish' helps fin-lovers go sustainable

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Greenpeace activist recovering after clash with fishermen at sea

    Read more

  • ENVIRONMENT

    Fishermen harpoon Greenpeace activist attempting to free tuna

    Read more

COMMENT(S)