CITES tuna outcome disappoints MEPS

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The European delegation to the CITES conference, where proposals to curb trade in bluefin tuna and other species of concern were rejected, are rueing the results and the EU’s weak position.

The conference in Doha heard proposals to protect a number of marine species, including corals, sharks and bluefin tuna. All were rejected except a proposal for one shark species.

“MEPs noted with regret that Japan and China, who had a very clear position to keep marine species out of CITES, achieved their goals,”​ said the European Parliament in a statement.

They are also said to have regretted the weak role played by the EU, which was "too busy trying to reach a common position".

The bluefins will be on the agenda next at the meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in Paris later this year.

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