FAO Fisheries Report No. 779
FAO Fisheries Report No. 779
FIRI/R779

GENERAL FISHERIES COMMISSION FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION OF THE CONSERVATION OF ATLANTIC TUNAS

Report of the
THIRD MEETING OF THE AD HOC GFCM/ICCAT WORKING GROUP ON SUSTAINABLE BLUEFIN TUNA FARMING/FATTENING PRACTICES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

Rome, 16-18 March 2005


FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION FOR THE CONSERVATION OF ATLANTIC TUNAS
Rome, 2005
 
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Report of the third meeting of the Ad Hoc GFCM/ICCAT Working Group on Sustainable Bluefin Tuna Farming/Fattening Practices in the Mediterranean. Rome, 16-18 March 2005. FAO Fisheries Report. No. 779. Rome, FAO. 2005. 108p.

ABSTRACT

The Ad Hoc GFCM/ICCAT Working Group on Sustainable Bluefin Tuna Farming/Fattening Practices in the Mediterranean was set-up following a 2002 decision by the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) which, in view of the expansion of bluefin tuna farming in the Mediterranean, decided that practical guidelines to ensure the sustainability of this activity were required. The work plan of the Working Group (WG) was discussed and proposed by a Coordinating Committee which met in January 2003 (Madrid, Spain) as agreed during the twenty-seventh session of the GFCM. At its first meeting (Rome, Italy, 12-14 May 2003) the WG produced a survey form that would enable to produce a summary of the current situation of bluefin tuna farming in the Mediterranean, identify problem areas with respect to the issues to be addressed, and propose solutions. During the second meeting (Izmir, Turkey, 15-17 December 2003) the WG finalized a first snapshot on the current situation of bluefin tuna farming based on the information made available in the survey forms and progressed with the drafting of the guidelines. The summary snapshot consisted in three documents covering capture fisheries, farming and marketing/trade of bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean. The WG held its third and final meeting in Rome, Italy, from 16 to 18 March 2005. The meeting was attended by 19 experts representing 10 Mediterranean countries, Japan and the European Commission, and representatives from the Secretariats of the GFCM and the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). The WG completed its mandate and finalized and adopted the "Guidelines on Sustainable Bluefin Tuna Farming Practices in the Mediterranean". Furthermore updated summaries on capture fisheries, farming and marketing/trade of bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean were also prepared by selected participants of the WG.


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CONTENTS

Preparation of this document

Opening of the meeting

Arrangements

Adoption of the agenda

Review of the working group mandate and objectives of the guidelines

Review of available meeting documents

Discussion of draft guidelines

Adoption of the guidelines

Other matters

Adoption of the report

Appendix

A. AGENDA
B. LIST OF PARTICIPANTS
C. LIST OF DOCUMENTS
D. MANDATE OF THE WORKING GROUP

Annexes

1. GUIDELINES ON SUSTAINABLE BLUEFIN TUNA FARMING PRACTICES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
2. DIRECTIVES CONCERNANT LES PRATIQUES DURABLES D'ÉLEVAGE DU THON ROUGE DANS LA MÉDITERRANÉE
3. DIRECTRICES SOBRE PRÁCTICAS SOSTENIBLES DE CRÍA DE ATÚN ROJO EN EL MEDITERRÁNEO
4. REPORT OF THE FIRST MEETING OF THE AD HOC GFCM/ICCAT WORKING GROUP ON SUSTAINABLE BLUEFIN TUNA FARMING/FATTENING PRACTICES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

4A. FIRST MEETING OF THE AD HOC GFCM/ICCAT WORKING GROUP ON SUSTAINABLE BLUEFIN TUNA FARMING/FATTENING PRACTICES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
4B. FIRST MEETING OF THE AD HOC GFCM/ICCAT WORKING GROUP ON SUSTAINABLE BLUEFIN TUNA FARMING/FATTENING PRACTICES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

5. REPORT OF THE SECOND MEETING OF THE AD HOC GFCM/ICCAT WORKING GROUP ON SUSTAINABLE BLUEFIN TUNA FARMING/FATTENING PRACTICES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

5A. SECOND MEETING OF THE AD HOC GFCM/ICCAT WORKING GROUP ON SUSTAINABLE BLUEFIN TUNA FARMING/FATTENING PRACTICES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
5B. SECOND MEETING OF THE AD HOC GFCM/ICCAT WORKING GROUP ON SUSTAINABLE BLUEFIN TUNA FARMING/FATTENING PRACTICES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

6. FINAL NATIONAL SURVEY FORM
7. INTRODUCTION TO THE SUMMARY REPORTS BASED ON THE NATIONAL SURVEYS
8. SUMMARY REPORT ON BLUEFIN TUNA CAPTURE FISHING FOR FARMING/FATTENING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
9. SUMMARY REPORT ON THE STATUS OF BLUEFIN TUNA AQUACULTURE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
10. SUMMARY REPORT ON INTERNATIONAL MARKETING OF BLUEFIN TUNA
11. FARMING FACILITIES REPORTED AS AUTHORIZED TO OPERATE FOR FARMING OF BLUEFIN TUNA CAUGHT IN THE ICCAT CONVENTION AREA*

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