ORAN, ALGERIA, Nov 10 (BERNAMA-NNN-APS) -- Algeria will request for an increase in its bluefin tuna fishing quota for the next tuna fishing campaign when negotiations with the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) are expectedto take place later this month, says the Director General of Fishing and Aquaculture Taha Hamouche.
Speaking to APS here Thursday on the sidelines of the ongoing 7th International Fair of Fishing and Aquaculture (SIPA), he e said the negotiations with the ICCAT would be held in Marrakesh from Nov 14 to 20 when Algeria was determined to defend its claims for an increase in its quota.
Algeria's bluefin tuna fishing quota for 2017 was 1,043 tonnes after it had initially been fixed at 546 tonnes by the ICCAT at its meeting held in 2014 in Italy devoted to the drafting the plan of fishing quota distribution to the carious countries up to l 2017.
Algeria had benefited from a gradual increase in its quota which was fixed at 243 tonnes for 2014, then 370 tonnes in 2015, 460 tonnes in 2016 and finally 546 tonnes, initially, for 2017, or about 2.0 per cent of the total allowable catches (TACs).
The negotiations to increase the quota for 2017 to 1,043 tonnes were very tough, Hamouche said, adding that the talks for the quota for 2018's campaign would also be tough.....