The European Parliament has declared its official support for a listing of bluefin tuna under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), it was announced today.

The European Parliament has declared its official support for a listing of bluefin tuna under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), it was announced today.

If bluefin tuna is to become a CITES Appendix I species, the sanction would equate to a complete ban on trading and an immediate suspension of the bluefin tuna fishery.

The final decision of the European Union (EU) to support or reject the listing of bluefin tuna – which in principle requires the support of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council - will be decided shortly before the crucial CITES meeting in Doha on 13-25 March, 2010.

The European Parliament has called upon the European Commission and all European ministers to support the ban that was initially proposed by Monaco.

Italy and France - who had until recently not backed the ban - have reconsidered their position and now support the listing. In contrast, Spain, Malta and Greece have steadfastly remained opposed.

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