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Fishing countries must respect Doha message on tuna. By: WWF

WWF is urging ICCAT members to set much lower fishing quotas, based on scientific estimates that give a high probability of fish stock recovery. It is also essential to ban and scrap the hi-tech industrial fishing fleets operating in the Mediterranean Sea – the purse seiners, vessels that drag large purse-like nets through the sea for weeks, scooping up tunas of all sizes and transferring them to fattening farms around the Mediterranean for eventual consumption on the luxury Japanese seafood market.

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Libyan rant may have sealed bluefin tuna’s fate. By The Economist

“The Libyan representative accused the FAO of serving political interests and said there was no scientific basis for the listing.”

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Inside Story – Saving endangered species

It is the 15th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Some call them the Conservation Olympics – two weeks of debate and voting on trade in endangered animals. From tuna to elephants, from tigers to sharks, 23,000 species come under the spotlight. …

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WWF proposes ban on purse seiners. By: Cynthia Busuttil

“We are not anti-fishing or anti-consumption of tuna. In the long term we hope to see a sustainable fishing industry. It is in everyone’s interest to be more moderate now so that we can continue fishing in the future.”

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Bluefin trade ban rejected – but we’re not giving up. WWF UK.

The long-awaited proposal to ban international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna has been shockingly rejected at the world’s biggest wildlife trade convention. We were particularly disappointed that there wasn’t even much debate on the issue before a vote was hastily pushed through.

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BlueFin Tuna CITES Appeal

A short video by Rupert Murray, Film Director of the aclaimed movie “The End of the Line”

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WWF Directo desde Qatar

Posiciones de WWF en CITES CoP15 2010

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WWF Fresh from Qatar

Some of WWF’s publications on CITES and BlueFin Tuna

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Exclusif : L’Europe veut-elle vraiment sauver le thon rouge ?

Analyse du texte sur l’accord européen de mercredi dernier, par WWF France

Après avoir pris connaissance du texte précis de l’accord européen conclu mercredi soir à Bruxelles, et l’avoir fait analyser par les meilleurs spécialistes, le WWF-France est sceptique sur la volonté européenne d’interdire réellement le commerce international du thon rouge. En effet, une clause ajoutée à la demande des Etats méditerranéens jette le doute sur la possibilité d’une entrée en vigueur avant la prochaine réunion des Parties de la CITES* dans 3 ans. « Le diable se cache toujours dans les détails et après une lecture approfondie du document, on peut se demander sincèrement si les pays qui ont introduit cette clause veulent vraiment une interdiction du commerce international de l’espèce » a déclaré Charles Braine, responsable du Programme pêche durable au WWF-France.

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All 27 EU countries to back Atlantic bluefin tuna international trade ban

WWF applauds the confirmation from European Union member states that they will vote for a ban on international commercial trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna during a meeting of the largest wildlife trade convention starting this week.

The 27 EU members said today they would vote to list Atlantic bluefin tuna on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), joining a growing list of supporting countries, including the United States of America.

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