July 23, 2014
The European Commission (EC) has expressed its disappointment with the outcomes of the 87th Annual meeting of the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), which finished on 18 July in Lima, Peru.
The Commission is particularly worried that IATTC could not reach consensus on the adoption of a clear procedure for the appointment of the Executive Director. As of 26 August 2014, the date of expiry of the current Director's mandate, the organisation will be faced with legal uncertainty. This is the result of a number of parties trying to push for the continuation of the current Director's mandate without a clear, transparent and merit based procedure as requested by the EU.
One delegation also opposed the financial and administrative assessment of the organisation proposed by the EU. This would have helped assess the efficiency and transparency of the organisation in view of a full performance review of the IATTC.
In terms of conservation measures, IATTC failed to adopt any conservation measures on bluefin tuna, despite strong scientific advice. It also rejected the proposed EU retention ban on the endangered silky sharks species and fins naturally attached.
The EU proposal on Port State Measure was also rejected at the last moment.
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