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France Is ‘Happy’ With Bluefin-Tuna Quota Set by ICCAT

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Nov. 29 (Bloomberg) -- France said it’s “happy” about a new quota for the catch of bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea set by an international commission.

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna, or ICCAT, set the total allowable catch at 12,900 metric tons, in line with scientists’ recommendations, the French agriculture ministry said in a statement today.

The decision allows for “the maximum sustainable yield for bluefin-tuna fishing from now until 2022,” the ministry said. “A balance between respect for the resource and the economic activity of the fishermen is possible.”

The ICCAT meeting in Paris that ended Nov. 27 was a “massive failure” for bluefin tuna, conservation group Oceana said in an e-mailed statement. Both the western and eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna populations are “seriously depleted,” and ICCAT has taken insufficient measures to restore them, according to the group.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rudy Ruitenberg in Paris at rruitenberg@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net.

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