In case you blinked, here's a quick update: On May 30, the European Union announced that France and Spain reached their purse seine quota for bluefin for the year in just two weeks. Purse seine vessels from the two countries have been called back to their ports and are not allowed to catch bluefin again until next year's fishing season resumes.
This news is not surprising given the recent history of the fishery. There are too many boats targeting these fish, not a healthy, abundant population of bluefin that caused this early closure. Highlighting the need for careful enforcement of catch limits, the EU should be commended for quickly closing the fishery in these two countries when reports indicated the quota had been met.
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