CITES rejects trade ban on bluefin tuna

18 March 2010

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species rejected today in Doha (Qatar) the proposal introduced by Monaco aiming to ban the export of Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna.

Japan, which consumes 80 percent of Atlantic bluefin eaten worldwide, opposed the ban. It was followed by Canada and several developing countries.

The proposal was supported by United States, Norway and Kenya, while the European Union asked that implementation be delayed until May 2011.

The proposal was rejected by a vote of 68 to 20, with 30 abstentions.

The future of bluefin tuna is now in the hands of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).