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CITIES vote on bluefin tuna disappoints
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Published on 19-03-10

"We are disappointed with the outcome of the CITES meeting as regards the EU proposal for a listing in Appendix I* of bluefin tuna. The EU proposal was a strong commitment towards a sustainable future for the bluefin tuna and for fishermen. We regret that other parties were not convinced with the merits of such a listing.

"We remain convinced that stringent measures are needed to ensure the recovery of Atlantic bluefin tuna. The European Union is committed to the safeguarding of bluefin tuna stocks and we look to ICCAT to take its responsibility to ensure that stocks are managed in a sustainable way. If action is not taken, there is a very serious danger that the bluefin tuna will no longer exist."

Janez Poto─Źnik, Commissioner for Environment

Maria DAMANAKI, Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs

    CITIES vote on bluefin tuna disappoints

    * Appendix I lists species that are the most endangered among CITES-listed animals and plants


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