11/18/2010 - France, Spain and other Mediterranean nations forced the European Union to retreat Thursday from an ambitious plan to save the threatened and prized bluefin tuna.
After drawn-out negotiations, the 27-nation EU abandoned a plan to seek cutbacks in fishing quotas based only on scientific advice and said Thursday it will now also consider the interests of tuna fishermen.
But Remi Parmentier of the Pew Environment Group said he had been told the EU now "has no intention of going beyond a reduction of 2,000 tons" from the current quota. He said Damanaki earlier had reportedly been seeking to halve the quota.
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