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17th July 2017, 19:48

GONHS criticises the Government’s approach to Tuna conservation

The Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society is criticising the Government’s approach to Tuna conservation. This follows the temporary suspension to Tuna Open Season announced by the Environment Department.

The rationale behind the break was to ensure the season can be extended to the latter part of the summer, as catches have been high so far this summer, exceeding 9 tonnes after four weeks. The overall limit is set to increase from 13 to 15.5 tonnes for the season, which GONHS say is proportionally higher than any other Mediterranean jurisdiction. The society question the increase, especially as there is no commercial tuna fishing in Gibraltar, so this is only for the benefit of recreational fishers.