By Isha Sesay • 09 November 2019 • 17:00
SUMMIT: Experts from 53 countries will attend a conference to discuss overfishing of the bluefin tuna. Credit: Maine Public.
THIS month, Palma will host the 26th edition of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), where the future of the bluefin tuna will be discussed.
Taking place between November 16 and 25, experts from 53 countries will attend a summit held at the Palacio de Congresos in the capital.
Luis Planas, the acting Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food will be one of the guests, as well as representatives from international organisations and NGOs.
The objective of the summit is to highlight the actions that are being carried out to protect the fishing of tuna species at an international level. The plight of the bluefin tuna will be a main focus of the event, which is overexploited in the Asian market due to illegal fishing and a lack of awareness about the sustainability of marine species.
It is estimated that around 700 people will arrive to the capital during the days of the summit, which will generate an optimal hotel occupancy throughout the bay of Palma and boutique hotels in the city centre.
The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) is an international organisation whose aim is to investigate tuna species within the Atlantic and Mediterranean, as well as to prevent overfishing and illegal catches.
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