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 Potočnik, Commissioner for Environment
Maria DAMANAKI, Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs