Portugal uses 80% of bigeye tuna quota and fishing may be closed

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Portugal used 80% of the bigeye tuna quota in the Atlantic Ocean, and it may be necessary to close this fishery, warned today the Directorate General of Natural Resources, Security and Maritime Services (DGRM).

“Considering the data of the catches made by the Portuguese fleet of the bigeye tuna species (‘Thunnus obesus’) in the Atlantic Ocean […] it is informed that the use of the quota reached 80%,” reads a note from DGRM.

As he warned, this scenario may make it necessary to close the fishery for this species.

The DGRM is a central service of the direct administration of the State, with administrative autonomy, whose objective is the development of maritime safety and services, the execution of fishing policies, and the preservation of resources.

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