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Scientists recommend 55% increase in Med bluefin tuna quota by 2020

East Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin TAC could reach 36,000 metric tons in 2020.

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) science committee recommended a 55 percent increase in total allowable catch (TAC) of east Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna by 2020, reports La Vanguardia.

Scientifics are recommending quotas could reach 36,000 metric tons in 2020 folllowing a gradual increase based on the abundance of stocks.

In 2017, the TAC was set at 23,155 metric tons, of which Spain will land 4,243 metric tons.

In addition, scientists are proposing that the fisheries recovery plan currently underway – which is due in 2022 – be established as a permanent management plan, as well as a revision of quota increases in 2022.

The ICCAT is gathering in Marrakech in November to discuss these and other tuna fisheries.

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