Lawmakers Push Obama to Back Bluefin Tuna Ban

Publication: Environment & Energy Daily

Author: Patrick Reis

02/24/2010 - Thirty-four House lawmakers want the Obama administration to back a proposal that would ban international trade of Atlantic bluefin tuna.

The Principality of Monaco has proposed including Atlantic bluefin tuna under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, which would prohibit seafood vendors from selling their products internationally. It would not prohibit the U.S. fleet from selling its catch domestically.

The Obama administration should support that proposal when the parties to CITES meet beginning March 15 in Doha, Qatar, the members – headed by Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.) – said Friday in a letter to top Interior, Commerce and State department officials and the White House.

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