France backs ban on bluefin tuna exports
France has added its voice to calls for a ban on the global trade in bluefin tuna, the numbers of which have dwindled through overfishing.
France wants a ban after an 18-month delay to allow scientists time to study the data on tuna stocks, Environment Minister Jean-Louis Borloo said.
The bluefin tuna trade might be curbed at world conservation talks in March.
France is among the Mediterranean countries that fish bluefin tuna for export to Japan, the main market.