Menu
Jun 19 - Marine Strategy Feature: Interview With Ian Gaunt

Jun 19 - Marine Strategy Feature: I…

By Paul Gonzalez-Morgan ...

Jun 19 - GHA and ERS Premises To Become ‘Smoke-Free’

Jun 19 - GHA and ERS Premises To Be…

The Minister for Health, ...

Jun 18 - Together Gibraltar Collect Signatures For Abortion Referendum Petition

Jun 18 - Together Gibraltar Collect…

Together Gibraltar have l...

Jun 18 - Pro-Choice Group Launched

Jun 18 - Pro-Choice Group Launched

A new group called ‘Choic...

Jun 18 - Promotion At The Port Authority

Jun 18 - Promotion At The Port Auth…

VTSO Shane Ramagge has re...

Jun 18 - “Upskirting” To Be Made A Criminal Offence In Gibraltar

Jun 18 - “Upskirting” To Be Made A …

The Minister for Health, ...

Jun 18 - Ministry Of Culture Announce Artists For Next Installation of Street art

Jun 18 - Ministry Of Culture Announ…

Gibraltar Cultural Servic...

Jun 18 - Interreg SUDDOE Hold Events In Brussels

Jun 18 - Interreg SUDDOE Hold Event…

The Interreg SUDOE Progra...

Jun 18 - Special Olympics Gibraltar To Hold 33rd National Games This Week

Jun 18 - Special Olympics Gibraltar…

Special Olympics Gibralta...

Jun 18 - Man Jailed For Cocaine Importation

Jun 18 - Man Jailed For Cocaine Imp…

A 29-year-old man has bee...

Prev Next

Jul 17 - GONHS Raises Concerns About Tuna Fishing

GONHS has raised concern about tuna fishing in Gibraltar waters after the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Climate Change recently announced a temporary suspension to the 2017 Tuna Open Season, from the 16th July to the 6th August 2017.
 
A spokesman for GONHS said: "The department's given rationale is that this will extend the season to the latter part of the summer, as catches have been high in the early part of the season, exceeding nine tonnes after four weeks.

"GONHS notes that the DEHCC appears to be implementing the suspension in order to extend tuna fishing to the end of the summer, rather than as a conservation measure taken to protect a species that is classified as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature*.

"Furthermore, GONHS cannot understand why the DEHCC is increasing its quota from 13 tonnes to 15.5 tonnes, to ensure that anglers can continue fishing this species later into the summer. Although its press release states that this is in line with the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas’ own increase this year, the fact is that Gibraltar’s quota has increased by 55% in two years – significantly more than ICCAT’s over the same period – and that Gibraltar’s quota is already proportionally much higher than that of any other Mediterranean or eastern Atlantic jurisdiction.

"Once a quota has been reached, tuna fishing within BGTW should cease.

"If the quota of 13 tonnes is reached quickly because there are too many anglers catching tuna, then GONHS believes that the number of anglers not performing ‘tag-and-release’ should be reduced in order to arrive at a more sustainable quota-to-angler balance. Increasing the quota – which is a conservation measure - in response to the wishes of a large number of anglers cannot be justified.

"As there is no recognised commercial tuna fishing in Gibraltar, increasing the quota for what should be a recreational sport is hard to explain. GONHS has previously alerted the DEHCC to instances of locally caught tuna being advertised in Gibraltar’s restaurants, indicating strongly that commercial fishing is taking place. Given the number of portions that 15.5 tonnes yield, it would also be reasonable to investigate the possibility of exportation.

"GONHS asks that the DEHCC reconsider its approach to the conservation of Atlantic bluefin tuna, because consumer demand is precisely why this species is now endangered and may become inaccessible to future generations."

*IUCN Red List entry for Thunnus thynnus http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/21860/0

Useful Links

 
www.easy.office.gi
Virtual & Physical Office Space in Gibraltar

Other Items