ICCAT has failed yet again. After long meetings the new recommendation sets the quota at for the Mediterranean and East Atlantic to 13,500 metric tons, and that is 13,500 too many. The purse seine fishery gets one month to fish (May 15 to June 15 i.e. an 11 month closure), cancellation of the of the 5 weather days and finally establishment next year of a 3 year rebuilding plan with a 60% probability of stock recovery and easily requiring another major quota reduction to somewhere between zero and 8,000 mt for 2011. In simple terms they agreed that killing more bluefin is still ok, and it's not.
The USA did not lose any quota, so kudos to Rebecca Lent at NOAA for securing this.
CITIES is the only answer. A March CITES meeting still threatens the commercial fleet's June 1 opening. The big question now is where will the US and EC stand on CITES?
I support a global outcry against these decisions. The people must speak.