01/26/2010 - Japanese sushi lovers may see prized deliveries of fresh bluefin tuna taken off the menu this year following a surprise decision by Italy to support the listing of the giant migratory fish as an endangered species and ban its international trade.
Environmentalists applauded the reversal in Italy’s position which they saw as a big step forward to include bluefin tuna on appendix one of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species when Cites members meet in Doha in March.
“Italy has thousands of years of history of tuna fishing. We should all really praise Italy for this foresight. It is an extremely positive move,” commented Susan Lieberman, director of international policy for the Pew Environment Group which lobbied for Cites inclusion.
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