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Malta: Government Accused of Concealing Tuna Exports

(Sept. 2, 2008) It was reported on August 17, 2008, that the Maltese government has been accused of concealing its true export figures of bluefin tuna, amounting to an alleged discrepancy in value of over €100 million (approximately US$147 million) above the amount the country might normally gain from such exports. International conservation groups deem the fish to be an endangered species. The accusations are from a consultancy firm that claims that Malta acted to conceal the origin of the tuna being exported in order to pass it off as a re-export to Japan and has failed to provide to conservation groups the true number of bluefin tuna actually originating from Malta. (Raphael Vassallo, Malta Accused of Concealing Tuna Exports, MALTATODAY, Aug. 17, 2008, available at