United States Officially Supports the CITES Ban

The proposed international ban on bluefin tuna fishing, which is being discussed at the CITES convention in Doha, Qatar, now has the support of the United States. Tom Strickland, U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, has stated publicly that the Obama administration will support the CITES ban until ICCAT is able to enforce its quotas.

"The (tuna) fishery is at risk of collapse," Strickland told The Associated Press. "If we don't take dramatic action, we are afraid it will be too late and we won't be able to recover the species."

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