Posted on 25 March 2009
All restaurants, retailers and chefs in the Principality of Monaco have removed endangered bluefin tuna from their shelves and menus until stocks of the fish have recovered.
All restaurants, retailers and chefs in the Principality of Monaco have removed endangered Atlantic bluefin tuna from their shelves and menus until stocks of the fish have recovered and the fishery and trade are managed in a sustainable way.
A special lunch debate to celebrate the initiative was joined by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco today.
WWF congratulates Monaco – a Mediterranean state with a strong tradition of fishing and eating bluefin tuna – for being the first territory in the world known to achieve this bluefin-free status.
“The unanimous move of Monaco restaurants and shops to remove bluefin tuna from their shelves and menus in light of the worrying deterioration of this emblematic species will draw attention to the crisis in this fishery,” said Philippe Mondielli, Scientific Director of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.
“WWF applauds Monaco for becoming the first country in the world to be entirely free of endangered Mediterranean bluefin tuna,” said Dr Sergi Tudela, Head of Fisheries at WWF Mediterranean.
“WWF encourages other countries and territories to follow Monaco’s example until the species can be considered a sustainable seafood product.”
There is growing support for a listing of Atlantic bluefin tuna under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Atlantic bluefin tuna is mostly caught in the Mediterranean Sea which constitutes the main spawning ground for the species.
A global trade ban tied explicitly to the survival of the species would turn around the management failure and disrespect for scientific advice so rampant in the Mediterranean bluefin tuna fishery.
CITES next meets in Doha in early 2010.
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is supporting WWF’s bluefin tuna work in the Mediterranean through conservation activities including a pioneering tuna tagging project, ‘On the Med tuna trail’.
Data provided by the tags are improving scientific understanding of this migratory species and will thus contribute to better management decisions.
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