|Legal requirements to protect bluefin tuna under EU: implications for ICCAT negotiations|
October 2010 | Download the briefing (PDF)
The EU is legally obliged under provisions of European and international law to protect bluefin tuna. This briefing sets out the most important legal obligations in relation to bluefin tuna arising out of the EU Treaties, secondary European legislation and international law and applies them to the scientific evidence included in the 2010 report of the Standing Committee on Research and Statistics (SCRS). It reaches clear conclusions, in light of current scientific evidence, about the obligations the EU is under to protect bluefin tuna and provides recommendations about the steps the EU, and in particular the European Commission, should take to protect bluefin tuna at the meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in November 2010.