Clashing with Japan, US Seeks to Protect Tuna

Publication: Agence France Presse

Author: Shaun Tandon

03/04/2010 - The United States has set the stage for a showdown with Japan by calling for a ban on the international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna, hoping to save the species prized for sushi.

The United States said Wednesday it would ask a March 13-25 meeting in Qatar to declare the commercial trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna a threat to the species' survival, an issue that has split the European Union.


"The US administration's decision is a turning point," said Susan Lieberman, director of international policy at the Pew Environment Group. "We are now much more optimistic."

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