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EU, Japan, other nations criticize unilateral Turkish plan to fish more Bluefin tuna

FILE - In this April 27, 2011 file photo, Atlantic bluefin tuna are corralled by fishing nets during the opening of the season for tuna fishing off the coast of Barbate, Cadiz province, southern Spain.  Documents revealed on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, show that Turkey is planning to catch up to 73 percent more Bluefin tuna than under an internationally agreed plan to limit the Atlantic Tuna catch.  During an intense meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, the European Union, Japan and others nations were angry at Turkey for announcing its unilateral intention to increase their own quotas. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)

FILE - In this April 27, 2011 file photo, Atlantic bluefin tuna are corralled by fishing nets during the opening of the season for tuna fishing off the coast of Barbate, Cadiz province, southern Spain. Documents revealed on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, show that Turkey is planning to catch up to 73 percent more Bluefin tuna than under an internationally agreed plan to limit the Atlantic Tuna catch. During an intense meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, the European Union, Japan and others nations were angry at Turkey for announcing its unilateral intention to increase their own quotas. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)  (The Associated Press)

The European Union, Japan and others have criticized Turkey's unilateral decision to exceed catch limits on Bluefin tuna set in an international agreement.

Documents seen by The Associated Press and EU comments on Friday show that during an intense meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, delegates were angry at Turkey for announcing it would catch up to 73 percent more Bluefin than under an internationally agreed plan.

Several nations during an ICCAT meeting early this week hinted they could take import measures against Turkey if it proceeded with its plan, the report of the meeting in Madrid showed.

Last year already, the multi-nation ICCAT raised the quotas to the dismay of conservationists.