France is to officially join the struggle to save over-fished Atlantic bluefin tuna, as stocks are now 15 per cent down on former levels. But a 18 month window before banning trade in the species has been criticised.
French environment minister Jean-Louis Borloo has been sending out strong signals that his country is on board with a movement to curb overfishing in recent months. Last week the ministry confirmed that it will officially communicate its position next month, at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meeting in Doha.
The move has been welcomed by environment groups. However France’s position would leave an 18 month window before a ban on international commercial trade comes into force; this has been criticized by the EEF for falling “well short of giving this endangered species the immediate protection it needs from overfishing”.
EU member states have failed to agree on a ban.