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Island’s quota of swordfish and blue marlin unchanged after conference

Top predator fish that pass through local waters were under discussion at an international gathering, where Bermuda led the UK Overseas Territories delegation.

Tammy Trott, senior marine resources officer for the Department of Environmental Protection, negotiated on behalf of Overseas Territories members of ICCAT, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, held from November 11 to 19 at Istanbul, Turkey.

Dr Trott’s presence boosted Bermuda’s profile, new Environment Minister Marc Bean said.

“Additionally, I am pleased to learn that Bermuda was able to retain its quota for swordfish this year, despite an initial proposal for a quota reduction, and that the lucrative sports fishery for blue marlin was not affected,” the Minister said.

Yellowfin tuna are now limited to a 110,000 ton total allowable catch for the Atlantic.

Dr Trott also supported a motion to protect the porbeagle shark, which breeds in the Sargasso Sea close to Bermuda. She said: “It is important for the public to realise that the tuna and similar species that come through Bermuda’s waters travel to other parts of the Atlantic Ocean, and thus fishing for these species needs to be managed on a regional basis.

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Published November 28, 2011 at 9:09 am (Updated November 28, 2011 at 9:09 am)

Island’s quota of swordfish and blue marlin unchanged after conference

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