The Spanish government announced yesterday that it plans to continue to sit on the fence with regard to if it will ban the catching of Atlantic blue-fin tuna by its fishing fleet. They made an announcement yesterday saying that they will await further information from a scientific study due out before the end of next month.

The EU has stated its backing for an Atlantic blue-fin tuna fishing ban which would have most effect on European, and in particular, Spanish exports to Japan where blue-fin is a very popular sushi delicacy.

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna will meet during November when the results of the scientific study will be discussed, and the Spanish government has decided that it will wait for the results of the study and the meeting before deciding if it will unilaterally ban Atlantic blue-fin tuna hunting.