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The Marine Management Organisation has unveiled the guidance for this year’s fishing plan for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna in UK waters for 2024

Today, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has unveiled the guidance for this year’s fishing plan for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (BFT) in UK waters, outlining key allocations and strategies for sustainable management.

According to the published guidance, the UK will have a total quota of 66.15 tonnes for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna. Of this quota, 16 tonnes will be allocated for recreational permitting schemes, allowing recreational fishers to participate in sustainable tuna fishing activities. Additionally, 39 tonnes will be reserved for a trial commercial fishery, aiming to explore the viability of commercial tuna fishing in UK waters. The remaining quota will be utilised for UK commercial bycatch and tagging programmes, ensuring a comprehensive approach to tuna management.

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), the governing body responsible for managing Atlantic BFT, has endorsed the UK’s proposed fishing plans. This endorsement underscores the UK’s commitment to responsible fisheries management and adherence to international conservation efforts.

The decisions regarding the allocation of quota have been carefully considered to align with the UK’s international commitments, support the objectives outlined in the Fisheries Act 2020, and reflect the interests of stakeholders, including both commercial and recreational fishers.

The publication of the fishing plan marks a significant step forward in the sustainable management of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna in UK waters, ensuring that fisheries remain viable while prioritising conservation and long-term sustainability. Stakeholders across the fishing industry will play a vital role in implementing these measures, working together to safeguard tuna populations for future generations.

 

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