BBC Richard Black’s misleading tweet on French and Spanish fishing – Naughty

The Tweet

Moments ago Richard Black posted this tweet (bless him)

This year’s French and Spanish tuna purse seine season lasted just two weeks… http://bit.ly/LFS8ZP

The implication is that Tuna (Tunny) stocks were so low they gave up after just 14 days.

The Reality

Then you follow the link. It reads;

The Bluefin Tuna purse seine season lasting from 16 May to 14 June came to an early end this year for France and Spain. The purse seine quota allocated to both countries was exhausted yesterday at 20:00 and both Member States have decided to call back their vessels to port. The Commission has closely cooperated with both Member states since the beginning of the fishing campaign and welcome their decision to act swiftly and rapidly.

The 6 Spanish and the 9 French purse seiners were operating together in Joint Fishing Operations, which has lead to a more rapid exhaustion of their quota.

This is a clear indication that the ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas) and EU rules are effective since no vessels can continue to remain at sea once the quota is exhausted. The Commission, in close coordination with France and Spain as well as with other Member States continues to closely monitor the other fishing activities on Bluefin Tuna, namely done by small scale fisheries and by traps.

The key thing here is this sentence.

The purse seine quota allocated to both countries was exhausted yesterday at 20:00 and both Member States have decided to call back their vessels to port.

The allocated QUOTA has been exhausted. Not the Tuna. The fact the 15 vessels landed their quota so quickly implies the sheer abundance of Tuna in the area, not the opposite. That or there was a particularly large population of very stupid Tuna 🙂

Just thought it was important to share that reality.

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