Fisheries MEPs adopt Southern bluefin tuna conservation measures which will ensure that the EU vessels do not target Southern bluefin tuna

Fisheries MEPs adopt Southern bluefin tuna conservation measures for Southern bluefin tuna

New rules will ensure that the EU vessels do not target Southern bluefin tuna, but could treat it as a by-catch, as agreed in the regional fisheries management organisation.

On Wednesday 30 November 2022, MEPs on the Committee on Fisheries led by EP rapporteur Grace O’Sullivan (Greens, IE), have rubber stamped a deal with Council on a new Southern bluefin tuna (SBT) conservation and management rules. It reflects the recent SBT conservation and management measures adopted by the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT), which the EU is bound to sign into EU law.

BIM and RNLI man overboard training Donegal in January 2023

The new rules prohibits the targeting of the Southern bluefin tuna by EU vessels, with only by-catches being allowed. Union fishing vessels that could by-catch the species shall be registered in the CCSBT record of vessels. In practice, most obligations will be only triggered if the Union fleet accidentally by-catches Southern bluefin tuna, and retains those fish on-board, something that has not been reported to date.

The new rules will have to be voted by the full House in one of its future plenaries and will come into force once approved by the Council.

Source: Press Release

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