Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli stated that the bluefin tuna fishermen started hunting by saying Vira Bismillah, and that this year 2 thousand 305 tons of tuna can be hunted by our country.
Minister Pakdemirli said that our fishermen, who will be tuna fishers in the international waters of the Mediterranean with the Turkish flag, have completed all the necessary preparations so that they can successfully carry out this hunt.
HUNTING WILL CONTINUE UP TO 30 JUNE
Underlining that the amount of bluefin tuna fishing and quota is determined by ICCAT, an international regional fisheries management organization based in Spain, Minister Pakdemirli said, “Bluefin tuna fishing started in the Mediterranean as of May 15 and will continue until June 30, 2020”.
KOTA REMOVED FROM 1.000 TONS TO 2.305 TONS
Stating that our country's quota has increased due to the superior effort and success shown on international platforms as the Ministry, Minister Pakdemirli said, “As a result of these efforts, our quota has been increased from 1000 tons to 2.305 tons. Tuna within these quota limits will be hunted by 27 fishing vessels that have the right to hunt by fulfilling the conditions set by our Ministry. ”
EMPLOYMENT WILL BE PROVIDED FOR APPROXIMATELY 2 THOUSAND PEOPLE
Pointing out that the tuna caught as a result of hunting will be carried by cages, 50 fishing ships will be involved in the hunting activity, and said that 2 thousand people will be employed during these hunting activities.
100 MILLION DOLLARS OF EXPORTS INCREASE FROM Tuna
Stating that almost all of the bluefin tuna fish that were hunted were exported to the USA and Far East countries, especially to Japan, Minister Pakdemirli said, “Every year 100 million dollars of export income is provided to our country from tuna fishing.”