SeaFood Business

JAN 2013

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Top Story under-reported between the mid-1990s through 2007,��� according to an optimistic October ICCAT statistics committee report. ���Tere was no enforcement. Zero. You could do whatever you wanted, ship them anywhere, create any document to satisfy any country; the quotas meant nothing,��� Kliss says. He recalls a conversation with an Italian purse-seine ���sherman in 2006, who now works for ICCAT. ���Landings were documented at more than 30,000 [metric] tons. But he ���gured it was actually well over 100,000. And that was just Italy. Tat���s like 50 years of our (U.S.) quota in one year. [Cleaning that up] is why the ���shery was saved.��� Times are certainly better for blue���n now, but has the ���shery been saved? 2013 Atlantic blue���n tuna quotas will be slightly higher than the previous three years. Te 13,500-metric-ton (MT) total is up from just 12,900 MT, but the new limit pleased environmental groups that follow ���sheries decisions closely. Amanda Nickson, global tuna conservation director for the Pew Environment Group, was encouraged that ICCAT didn���t overreact to the October report that she said showed a ���possibility, maybe, of a Tuna trimmings Kinki University in Osaka, Japan, plans to open a restaurant in April that serves blue���n tuna the school���s researchers raised. Supplies of the pricey ���sh, known as Kindai, are extremely limited. Australia���s southern blue���n tuna quota for the 2012-2013 season was increased 3 percent to 4,698 metric tons. Clean Seas Tuna, the Australian company that was the ���rst to get southern blue���n tuna to breed in captivity, struggled ���nancially in 2012 due mainly to disease issues with its king���sh business. The death of younger tuna due to cold temperatures also hurt the company. ��� J.W. glimmer of hope��� for the stock���s recovery. As the meeting wore on, she was concerned that proposals for higher quotas might sway the decision; they didn���t. In the Western Atlantic, the quota was held to just 1,750 MT, a total BRISTOL BAY 1000s of hardworking fishing families 100% WILD for over years 125 ON LOVER' S SALMON THE SALM BRISTOLBAYSOCKEYE.ORG WHYWILD.ORG 22 SeaFood Business January 2013 WHY WILD healthier people ���������������� �������� ���������������� ���� ������ shared between Canada and the United States. According to Nickson, delegates from Canada proposed a 2,000-MT quota but were denied. ���It was a good week for Atlantic blue���n tuna,��� Nickson said in November once the meeting concluded. ���What we hope is that this is the beginning of a brave new future. It���s proof that ICCAT has maintained its commitment to scienti���c advice, a great departure from pre-2009.��� Rich Ruais, the executive director of the American Blue���n Tuna Association, was ���frustrated��� when he left Morocco. He says the U.S. government blocked a ���modest reward��� for ���shermen on this side of the pond, who have been ���exceptionally compliant with all blue���n tuna regulations since 1981.��� NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco did not allow for ���exibility in the U.S. position, he says, adding that the blame for any damage done to global blue���n tuna stocks should not be laid at the feet of U.S. or Canadian ���shermen. ���When industrial ���shing runs wild it���s a problem for all of us,��� says Ruais, referring to the use of purse seiners, spotter planes and tuna-fattening ���ranches��� in the Mediterranean, a practice that began in the late 1990s. ���We all get reduced proportionately and if it���s not our fault, our guys get angry.��� Linda Greenlaw, a well-known Maine Continued on page 39 Visit us online at www.seafoodbusiness.com

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