World Bulletin/News Desk
The Tuna fish caught in international waters of Mediterranean Sea and cultivated in aquaculture farms on Turkish coasts are exported to Japan to be used in Japanese plate Sushi. Turkish tuna fish farmers, as significant actors in tuna market with their investments in tuna farming and buying the quota of other countries for tuna fish, aim to make 100 million dollars in tuna fish exports.
The tuna fish used in Sushi and Sashimi are considered as one of the endangered species by The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and the ICCAT applies quota to each country for tuna fishing.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency on Tuesday, concerning the production and exportation of tuna fish in Turkey, Nedim Ambar, a member of Board of Managers of Izmir Aquaculture and Mariculture Union, said that the tunas fished in Mediterranean are cultivated for 6-8 months in aquaculture farms and then exported to Japan with 18-19 euro per kilo.
Stating that ICCAT has given 56 percent of the fishing quota in Mediterranean to EU, 50 percent of which is used by France, Germany and Spain, Ambar said: “This practice by ICCAT is called “the historical fishing rights” but it is quite unfair and Turkey has been objecting persistently to this practice since she became a member of ICCAT in 2003. Three percent fishing quota of Turkey has been increased to four percent but in fact Turkey deserves around 8 or 10 percent.”
Ambar also stated that Turkey buys the tuna fishing quota of Libya, Tunisia and Morocco.
Last Mod: 22 Ekim 2013, 17:54