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Published - 19/03/2010

Following the rejection for a ban on the international trade of bluefin tuna at the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) in Doha, Melissa Pritchard, Fisheries Policy Officer at the Marine Conservation Society says she's extremely disappointed with the vote

"We are disappointed and disgusted that the vote on the CITES appendix 1 listing of the majestic bluefin was defeated this morning.

Those governments that have voted against this listing, succumbing to short term economic demands, should hang their heads in shame. We urge these parties to reconsider their vote to enable a review on the final day of meeting. This CITES listing is the last resort for bluefin, to try and compensate for the incompetent management of this species. If we cannot protect this remarkable fish right now, which is well known to be on the brink of commercial extinction, what chance do we have of saving the many other overfished species?

As the proverb goes "...Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten"

MCS desperately urges seafood consumers to use their power and influence in boycotting the consumption of northern bluefin tuna which has been on the Marine Conservation Society's Fish To Avoid list ever since it was created."

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