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Bluefin tuna/CITES

Published on March 19, 2010
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species conference – Joint communiqué issued by the Ministry for Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Marine Affairs, and the Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries

Paris, March 18, 2010

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) conference, taking place in Doha, today rejected Monaco and the European Union’s proposals to classify bluefin tuna (thunnus thynnus) under Appendix I in order to ban international trade in it.

These two proposals were unable to obtain the required two-thirds majority of the States, so they were rejected.

Concerned about the future of this species, and deeming that only protection in an international framework will be effective, France is determined to propose to the European Union that it continue its efforts to convince CITES States Parties to protect this species by classifying it under Appendix II which regulates international trade in endangered species./.

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