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Conservation measures adopted at the last ICCAT meeting that was held in Morocco last November are meager at best.
While we're pleased that ICCAT supported efforts to help rebuild bluefin tuna populations, it's regrettable that the commission couldn't achieve consensus on immediate protective measures for sharks," said Susan Lieberman, director of international policy at the Pew Environment Group.
ICCAT also cut from 20 metres to 12 metres the size of boat which must undergo a mandatory inspection of its bluefin haul on return to port, Pew said.
The responsibility is now on ICCAT to manage the fishery in a sustainable manner.
Monaco's Van Kaveren recalled that a proposed Atlantic bluefin ban was withdrawn from CITES in 1992 after ICCAT promised stricter oversight.
The company has on the ICCAT front pushed for measures intended for sustainable utilization of the species and this week company representatives were present in Doha to promote the company's stand that the control of the fishing stocks should remain in the hands of regional fisheries management organizations.
ICCAT said the quota would be reduced from 19,950 tons to 13,500 tons, a level it claimed was consistent with recommendations from its scientific advisory committee.
Aa In their report of Friday, the ICCAT scientists highlighted that the fishery had been plagued with serious underreporting and illegal fishing from the 1990s -- undermining the conservation of the stock -- and that further stock collapse is likely unless fishing mortality rates are substantially reduced in the near future.