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Bid to ban trade in bluefin tuna defeated

EU fails to win enough support for ban at international conference.

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Disaster for bluefin tuna at CITES meeting

Doha, Qatar — Governments have completely failed to pull bluefin tuna back from the brink of ‘commercial extinction’: it would have been so easy, listen to the scientists, witness the failure of the exiting management group, and agree to protection under CITES – Convention for the Trade in Endangered Species. Instead they allowed the largest tuna consuming nations undermine a vote that would have seen bluefin listed under Appendix I.

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Fishing nations crush Monaco and EU’s proposals to ban bluefin trade. By: Charles Clover in Doha

It was an ambush.
Fishing nations, led by Libya, ruthlessly voted down proposals to ban international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna at the meeting of 115 parties to the Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species this afternoon.

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Japan backs closure of bluefin fishery – but not Cites listing. By Charles Clover in Doha

“We are concerned about the bluefin tuna. We were willing to have the suspension of Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery at ICCAT [last November] but it was the EU that opposed it.”

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Tuna ban: EU squabbling, China opposed. By Anne Chaon (AFP)

“Malta and Portugal wanted to reopen discussions on what had been agreed as the European stance,” said Stefanini. “The outcome (of the CITES talks) is probably going to make some member states unhappy.”

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Japanese lobbying blasted at tuna talks. (AFP-March 15, 2010 – 10:44PM)

Japan was accused on Monday of scare tactics at world talks on wildlife protection as it campaigned against a proposal to curb trade in bluefin tuna, the succulent sushi delicacy.

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Monaco’s Proposal to include Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus (Linnaeus, 1758)) on Appendix I of CITES in accordance with Article II 1 of the Convention

A virtual population analysis of the East Atlantic and the Mediterranean stock conducted in 2008 by ICCAT scientists based upon estimated catches, which addressed the period 1955-2007, yielded an estimate for spawning stock biomass in 2007 of 78,724 tonnes. This contrasts with the biomass peak estimated for 1958 at 305,136 t, and with the 201,479 t estimated for 1997. The absolute extent of decline over the 50-year historical period ranging from 1957 to 2007 is estimated at 74.2%, the bulk of which (60.9%) was in the last 10 years.

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Pirates of the Mediterranean & Limited Edition Sushi

Posters by Greenpeace & WWF

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EU27 Machiavellian BlueFin Tuna CITES Appendix I listing position

“This is indeed European mala-fides spin at its very best” Says BlueFin Tuna independent expert Roberto Mielgo Bregazzi.

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Some concerns about the EU position on the CITES Appendix I BlueFin Tuna proposal

The EU has determined a position that would include language, added as an annotation to the listing, that would give the Standing Committee the power to prevent the listing from coming into force if it were to be satisfied that ICCAT had fulfilled certain conditions at its November 2010 meeting.

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