Doha’s Diary

Politics of extinction. By: Sreeram Chaulia

The dilemma familiar since the Copenhagen disaster was played out again. Extinction-sceptics and commercial lobbies have prevailed by disputing science and rallying emotional fears. For environmentalists, the familiar ordeal now is to return to square one, mobilise public opinion in spoiler countries and alter the political balance so that dying species have a fighting chance to survive.

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No Mercy for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna in Doha: By: Falco Mueller-Fischler

Nationalism and politics conspire to keep Critically Endangered species a lucrative international food commodity.

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Failed bluefin tuna ban a case of decency versus delicacy.

At this point, conservationists stand a better chance of appealing to the general public, and especially well-heeled consumers, than to quasi-governmental agencies that are easily swayed by industry. People really do need to ask themselves whether sushi is worth the destruction of a species.

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Open letter to EU Fisheries Commissioner Damanaki. By: Isabella Lövin & Raul Romeva i Rueda

We urge you, and your colleague in DG ENVI, to maintain the position you adopted last month and to implement, on a unilateral basis, the consequences of an Appendix 1 listing, ie a ban on industrial fishing (such as by purse seines and possibly others) of bluefin tuna and on the export of tuna outside the territory of the EU.

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Shark fin soup: CITES fails to protect 5 species of sharks from overfishing and finning. By: John Platt

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) this week decided not to create any new international trade restrictions to protect five endangered shark species, all of which are highly prized for their use in the Chinese delicacy known as shark fin soup, or as I call it “extinction in a bowl.”

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Fishing countries must respect Doha message on tuna. By: WWF

WWF is urging ICCAT members to set much lower fishing quotas, based on scientific estimates that give a high probability of fish stock recovery. It is also essential to ban and scrap the hi-tech industrial fishing fleets operating in the Mediterranean Sea – the purse seiners, vessels that drag large purse-like nets through the sea for weeks, scooping up tunas of all sizes and transferring them to fattening farms around the Mediterranean for eventual consumption on the luxury Japanese seafood market.

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Victory for Japan: no marine species protected. By: Charles Clover

Delegates overturned the protection of the porbeagle shark, agreed earlier this week, and rejected protection measures for other shark species in the closing hours of the global summit on trade in endangered species in Doha.

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Oceana declares CITES a tragedy

Oceana, the world’s largest international ocean conservation organization, declared the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) a “tragedy of the oceans” today after it failed to protect the forty marine species proposed for listing in Appendix I and II during the 15th Conference of the Parties over the past two weeks. Specifically, it failed to ban the international trade of Atlantic bluefin tuna and implement international trade regulations for eight shark species and 31 species of red and pink coral, all of which are essential to the oceans, livelihoods and local economies.

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Sharks Denied CITES Protections!!!

Parties overturn Committee decision to list porbeagle sharks under CITES Appendices and confirm rejection of similar action for hammerhead, oceanic whitetip, and spiny dogfish sharks.

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Japan big winner at UN conservation meeting. By: Michael Casey

Masanori Miyahara, chief counselor of the Fisheries Agency of Japan, acknowledged the government has funds that were aimed at helping developing countries build their fishing capacity. He said the funds were used by nations to attend CITES and other fisheries conferences — though he did not say how much or which countries benefited from the funds.

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