Doha’s Diary

A toothless West watches as Japan guts fish stocks. By: Charles Clover

The one thing that may not surprise you is that scalloped hammerhead fins are among the most prized for the Chinese delicacy known as shark fin soup. “Finning” remains one of the most disgusting fishing activities. Sharks are caught, their fins are chopped off and they are dumped back alive into the ocean to suffer horrible deaths.

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Japan win on bluefin tuna showed deft hand at CITES endangered species meeting. By: Gavin Blair

The experienced and large delegation from Japan showed a deft hand in its win against a bluefin tuna ban and other measures at the 175-nation CITES meeting on endangered species in Qatar.

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Japan, 40 Marine World, 0. By: The Fisheries Secretariat from Norway

Observers drew parallels to the failed UN Climate meeting in Copenhagen and environmentalists declared the outcome a “tragedy of the oceans” as the CITES meeting in Doha ended with not one marine species proposed for protection being granted it.

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Japanese sushi offensive sinks bid to protect sharks and bluefin tuna

Global conference to protect endangered species pronounced ‘disaster’ by conservation groups after aggressive lobbying.

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Commerce Trumps Science at CITES, Threatened Sharks and Bluefin TunaStill at Risk

Pew calls conference on global trade in endangered species a majordisappointment

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CITES: Murky waters for marine conservation. By: Richard Black

It’s worth recalling that the countries and campaign groups arguing for bans on tuna and shark trading through CITES were doing so only because Iccat and its fellows have so signally failed to live up to their mandates of conserving the stocks, year after year.

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Fishy business. How the elephants’ success hurt the bluefin tuna.

This year at its meeting in Doha, everything changed. Seemingly alarmed by the large number of proposals to list marine species, Japan turned up in force. Japan’s 30-strong delegation was as big as the one from America. And thanks to its “capacity building” efforts—in other words, providing finance for projects in developing countries—Japan was also able to fly in a dozen or so fisheries ministers, mostly from Africa, to ensure their participation—and, no doubt, their votes.

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Fish deserve as much protection as rhinos and tigers. By: Frank Pope

Do the emotionless eyes of sea creatures leave our hearts cold?

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“Try one piece:” During wildlife meeting, bluefin’s on agenda—and menu. By: Michael Casey

For months preceding this week’s CITES meeting, the Japanese lobbied governments big and small. And the night before the vote at the 175-nation group, they rolled out their secret weapon.

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Little celebration as Cites ends. By: Nick Clark

How strong an international body like Cites will be when it has no legal powers to enforce its rulings on member countries, is anyone’s guess.

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