Canary fishermen will be able to fish 438.5 tonnes of bluefin tuna this year, up to 183 tonnes on Friday and 6 June, 183 tonnes more than last year. The BOE yesterday published the criteria for the harvest, which starts fifteen days late.
The start of the harvest comes after the discrepancies within the sector itself, which have precipitated the resignation of the president of the Regional Federation of Brotherhoods, Fernando Gutiérrez. The campaign will be developed according to some of the demands of the fishermen of the Islands, although it also leaves out others, such as that the distribution of the quota by boats took into account the number of crew members of each one.
The increase in the quota with respect to last year exceeds 70%. If compared to 2013, when it was only 24 tons, the increase is 1,700%. However, the island sector understands that it corresponds to at least 900 tons. A figure that is far from the up to 480 tons that can be captured after the European Commission allowed 50 tons more than a remainder of 80 for the Canary Islands,Madeira, Azores and Ionian Islands.
The intention of the central government is to avoid what happened in 2018, when the quota was sold out in a week.