Indonesia refuses a suggestion on banding blue fin tuna trading. In an international trading convention for wild plantation and animals species in Doha, March 12-25, blue fin tuna which mostly lives in the Atlantic Ocean is proposed to be categorized as protected species from any trading activities or Appendix 1.
Chief of Data, Statistics Information Center of Aqua Culture and Fisheries Ministry, Soenan Hadi Purnomo, conveyed in a press conference that there is a raising concern toward categorizing blue fin tuna as a protected species. 175 countries, including Indonesia, are now expecting CITES court which will be held in Bali, Indonesia to discuss about issues regarding Blue Fin Tuna (read Blue Fin Tuna Conference 2011 Opened in Bali).
The raising concern toward Blue Fin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) will be a highlighted topic particularly on the thoughts to include it in Appendix 1. This means that Blue Fin tuna will be protected from any forms of commercial trading internationally under the reason of extinction possibilities. Soenan affirms that Indonesia will not agree on this proposal. The reason is because so far there is no valid and accurate data regarding exact population number of this species. Other than that, the prohibition on tuna trading cannot be seen only from environmental aspects but also economical. Indonesia thinks that ICCA as the international commission for tuna conservation under RFMO is more appropriate to regulate about this. “There is a possibility that CITES uses a look a like species approach which potentially includes all varieties of tuna inside Appendix 1,” said Soenan. Not only Indonesia, Japan as one of the biggest tuna importer also refuses to include blue fin tuna into Appendix 1.
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