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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on revising the quota system for bluefin tuna fishing

Nicola Caputo, Renata Briano, Ricardo Serrão Santos

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on revising the quota system for bluefin tuna fishing  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas this year there has been a 20% increase in the overall quota for bluefin tuna fishing, owing to the progressive recovery of the stock, as certified by the ICCAT;

B.  whereas this 20% increase has not concerned small-scale fishermen but only a few fleets which, having exhausted their quotas in a very short space of time, lead the tuna to the places where they are fattened, thereby securing very high earnings for themselves;

C.  whereas the bluefin tuna fishing quota mechanism needs to be freed from the monopoly of the larger ship-owners, favouring fishery systems that are more sustainable, to the benefit of small- and medium-scale fisheries;

D.  whereas if a small-scale fisherman catches a tuna by chance, he is punishable by very severe penalties;

1.  Takes the view that, while recognising the need to limit the number of people who can fish for bluefin tuna, it is not clear why the diversification of quotas for each boat was decided only on the basis of the different quantities fished in the year 2000; neither is it clear why such quotas can be declared to be a private asset for some fishermen, at the expense of so many other operators and of the whole community;

2.  Calls on the Commission to urge the Member States to review the current quota system which is penalising small-scale fishermen.

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