ALGIERS (BERNAMA) – Algeria has obtained an increase of its bluefin tuna fishing quota for the next three years.
This is a prelude to restoring its initial share which was five percent of the total allowable catches in the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic.
Kamel Neghli, head of a delegation taking part in the 19th extraordinary meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in Genoa, Italy, said Algeria’s quota of bluefin tuna was fixed at 543 tonnes for 2017, up from 243 tonnes this year.
The quota decided by ICCAT members at the end of their Nov 10-17 meeting will increase gradually to 370 tonnes in 2015 and 460 tonnes in 2016 before reaching 543 tonnes in 2017.
Neghli, who is principal private secretary at the Ministry of Fishing and Fishery Resources, said it was difficult to obtain the quota.