By Guy Dinmore
Italy and France, two of the largest Mediterranean fishing powers, have failed to reach a common agreement on the future of the bluefin tuna, complicating EU efforts to reach a common position ahead of a meeting next month in Doha where Monaco will propose an international trade ban.
Antonio Buonfiglio, Italy’s chief fisheries official, said on Friday that his brief meeting in Paris on Thursday with Bruno Le Maire, French agriculture minister, did not succeed in bridging all differences although they were “90 per cent” in agreement.
One of the main sticking points is Italy’s proposal to stop tuna fishing by purseiners, the main catchers of the prized fish using giant nets to scoop up entire shoals. Italy is proposing that the EU subsidise purseiners to stay in harbour. Read more…