"I feel that what happened with Okinawa and with Toyota is being extended to the tuna issue as well. It is just Japan-bashing. "
Bluefin tuna is by far the most valuable fish in the sea. In 2001, a single fish sold for 173,600 U.S. dollars at Tsukiji. Prices of 10,000 U.S. dollars or more per fish are commonplace.
About a third of the bluefin sold at Tsukiji come from the Atlantic and Mediterranean region and Japan consumes about 80 percent of Atlantic bluefin tuna sold worldwide.
France bans bluefin tuna trade for 18 months
PARIS, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- France agreed to adopt a global ban on bluefin tuna trade but with a suspended period of 18 months, the Ecology Minister Jean-Louis Borloo said Wednesday at a news conference.
In a bid to protect the endangered specie, France decided to join the ban, but the fishing committee need time to conduct a scientific study and make a withdrawal plan, so the prohibiting order will come into effect in September 2011, Borloo explained. Full story