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EU finds Spain guilty of excess tuna catch in Indian Ocean

The European Commission said that Spain overfished its tuna quota in the Indian Ocean in 2017. As a result, the amount caught in excess by the Spanish fleet that year has been deducted from the country's fishing quota for 2019.

The quotas were introduced in May 2016 by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) as part of a recovery plan for overfished Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna stocks, which are still overfished, according to a recent report by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation.

In 2017, Spain exceeded its allocated fishing quota for yellowfin tuna in the IOTC area of competence by 2,465t. Only 327t could be deducted from the 2018 Spanish quota, given that year's total. The remaining quantity has therefore been deducted from the quota for 2019, the EU communicated on Oct. 15.

In accordance with European regulation, because the overfishing was below 10% of the permitted landings, no multiplying factors were applied on Spain's overfishing in 2017.

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