11 Years Awaiting in Vain for a Fair Quota Allocation
Once again Spain has turned its back on historic injustices by denying rights to small scale fishers in the Mediterranean to access Bluefin tuna.
Brussels, 14 February 2017
On 7 February, the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment, announced that the government had published its “Plans for the Fishery, Capacity, and Control of Bluefin tuna” and had fixed the allocation criteria for the reserve pool of quota for 2017.
This document does not correct in any way past mistakes and will continue benefiting the status quo: increasing the fishing possibilities of the very industrial fleets and overlooking – for another year – the Spanish small scale fisheries sector.
LIFE laments that the Spanish Government did not seize this golden opportunity to correct the historic errors and begin to promote a necessary and just balance that guarantees the survival and prosperity of the small-scale fleets, which provide so many social, economic and environmental benefits to coastal communities.