EU Parliament Hearing on Bluefin Tuna

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Greenpeace contribution to the Hearing on Bluefin Tuna organised by the Fisheries Committee of the EU Parliament. Brussels, 28 June 2007

Greenpeace contribution to the Hearing on Bluefin Tuna organised by the Fisheries Committee of the EU Parliament. Brussels, 28 June 2007

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  • 1. Contribution to the Hearing on Bluefin Tuna Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament Brussels, 28 June 2007 Sebastián Losada
  • 2. The bluefin tuna fishery s High risk of collapse s High rates of illegal fishing s EU fleets involved in illegal catches
  • 3. Greenpeace observations at sea
  • 4. Use of EU spotter planes Use of spotter planes by the EU fleet Use of European airports by spotter planes
  • 5. Use of spotter planes by EU flagged vessels Greenpeace witnessed and documented the fishing activities of three purse seine fishing vessels, the Ligny Primo, the Maria Antonietta and the Luca Maria, surrounded by airplanes on 14 June 2007.
  • 6. Use of spotter planes by EU flagged vessels Greenpeace witnessed and documented the fishing activities of three purse seine fishing vessels, the Ligny Primo, the Maria Antonietta and the Luca Maria, surrounded by airplanes on 14 June 2007.
  • 7. Use of spotter planes by EU flagged vessels Greenpeace witnessed and documented the fishing activities of three purse seine fishing vessels, the Ligny Primo, the Maria Antonietta and the Luca Maria, surrounded by airplanes on 14 June 2007.
  • 8. US and Italian spotter planes observed from the Rainbow Warrior on 14 June 2007, 17 June 2007 and 20 June 2007. Their registry numbers are N 6318F, N 415D, N 337SM, I IABF, I GEMK. and N 5441S. Use of spotter planes by EU flagged vessels
  • 9. US and Italian spotter planes in the Italian airport of Lampedusa on 19 June 2007. Their registry numbers are, I GEMK, I IEAG, N 337SM, N 5441S, N 6318F. Airplanes I GEMK , N 337SM and N6318F were observed operating with the Ligny Primo, Maria Antonietta and Luca Maria. Use of EU airports by spotter planes
  • 10. Illegal fishing 24 hours into the new rules The spotter plane I-GEMK while overflowing the Ligny Primo, Maria Antonietta and Luca The spotter plane I-GEMK at Lampedusa Maria on 14 June 2007 airport on 19 June 2007 The Ligny Primo and the Luca Maria overflown by spotter plane I-GEMK on 14 June 2007 The Ligny Primo together with the Luigi Padre at Valetta on 16 May 2007
  • 11. Illegal fishing 24 hours into the new rules Spotter plane N415D photographed while Flying sheet of spotter plane N415D Greenpeace has obtained overflowing the Ligny Primo, Maria signed by his pilot Javier Esteban. The documentation (available Antonietta and Luca Maria on 14 June document proves that the spotter plane 2007 was on 13 June 2007 in Lampedusa. upon request) showing that at least 11 different spotter planes have been operating in June 2007 from the Italian airport of Lampedusa.
  • 12. Eleven airplanes operating from Lampedusa Greenpeace has obtained documentation (available upon request) showing that at least 11 different spotter planes have been operating in June 2007 from the Italian airport of Lampedusa.
  • 13. Spotter planes owned by tuna associations? According to documentation Greenpeace has got access to, spotter planes I-RRPG, I-AGSD and I-OBSW seem to belong to Associazione de Produttori Tonnieri del Tirreno / Grupo Severion Gallo. This ownership was officially declared to the Italian authorities.
  • 14. Spotter planes owned by tuna associations? According to documentation Greenpeace has got access to, spotter planes I-RRPG, I-AGSD and I-OBSW seem to belong to Associazione de Produttori Tonnieri del Tirreno / Grupo Severion Gallo. This ownership was officially declared to the Italian authorities.
  • 15. Spotter planes owned by tuna associations? s How much vessels are owned by this tuna producers association? s How much tuna have they caught? s What farms are they working with? s Their catches and the output of their farming process should be considered IUU fish and therefore their marketing been prohibited
  • 16. Transhipments Reefers
  • 17. Transhipments The purse seiner Vergine del Rosario and the Panama flagged reefer Daniela while transhiping bluefin tuna on 11 June 2007.
  • 18. Transhipments The Jean Marie Christian VI and the Astraea 102, flagged to Panama, transhiping bluefin tuna on 12 June 2007
  • 19. Activity of reefers From 18 June 2007 to 20 June 2007 Greenpeace again observed the Panamanian flagged reefer Daniela in the fishing grounds SW of Malta. On 20 June 2007 Greenpeace activists went onboard the vessel and spoke with the captain of the vessel, who refused to give any information about the activities of the vessel in the area. The reefer had its Yokohama fenders deployed on the starboard side as would be used if another ship was to come alongside. It was clear that no observer was onboard the refrigerated cargo vessel.
  • 20. 2006 ICCAT annual meeting
  • 21. SCRS advice, 2006 s Current fishing is expected to drive the spawning per recruit relative to virgin levels (%SPR), and thus the spawning stock biomass, to very low levels. s Current fishing mortality is more than 3 times the level which would permit the stock to stabilize at the MSY level. s This combination of high F and low SPR is considered to result in a high risk of fisheries and stock collapse.
  • 22. A recovery plan for bluefin tuna?
  • 23. EU Amnesty to illegal fishing by EU vessels s EU fleets are highly involved in illegal catches. s The EU opposed the creation of a WG to identify those responsible for illegal catches. s EU regulations allow the EU to make countries “pay back” their over harvest.
  • 24. ICCAT Circular #1823/06: Information submitted by the EC on illegal fishing
  • 25. Dossier Photos Medisamak “De palangriers non enregistrés à l'ICCAT Pèchant en Mer Méditerranée”
  • 26. ICCAT Circular #1823/06 Photo evidences
  • 27. To be analysed The use of EU ports by no registered vessels In the picture the Libyan longliner Al Antisar. It is not on the ICCAT register and it was seen in several occasions in the port of Valetta. New control measures over tugboats and other support vessels In the picture the Slebech flagged to Sierra Leone, was observed by the Rainbow Warrior while towing two cages
  • 28. Conclusions s Greenpeace has provided evidence of non compliance with the new ICCAT management plan by the EU fleet. s Greenpeace asks the EU Parliament to investigate this accusations further including initiating infringement procedures and investigating fraud where subsidies have been abused.
  • 29. Conclusions s Greenpeace calls on the Parliament to address the Council in order to: •- review Recommendation [06-05] in the next annual meeting; •- modify or replace this Recommendation with a recovery scheme that includes June in the fishery closure, reduce the TAC to no more than 15,000 t and end derogations to the minimum landing size; •- if this is not achieve the EU should act unilaterally to implement such measures s Greenpeace further requests the Parliament to ask the Commission to explain its actions in Dubrovnik and particularly why no verification of the IUU list was undertaken