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Libyan rant may have sealed bluefin tuna’s fate. By The Economist

“The Libyan representative accused the FAO of serving political interests and said there was no scientific basis for the listing.”

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Japan lands a death sentence for the bluefin. By: Charles Clover

What followed was not pretty. Japan and the fishing nations inflicted a stunning defeat on the conservationist countries, which had wanted to ban international trade in bluefin tuna. Japan’s victory, against the weight of scientific opinion, not only raises the question of whether the bluefin can survive but also whether rationality can ever prevail in preventing endangered species from being obliterated.

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Timing of essence in tuna vote, and Japan is beneficiary. By: Satoshi Koreeda, Izuru Jitsumori and Toshiyuki Fukushima

An unlikely ally and impeccable timing helped Japan snatch an unlikely victory from the jaws of defeat in Doha, Qatar, at an international trade meeting.

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Fishing nations crush Monaco and EU’s proposals to ban bluefin trade. By: Charles Clover in Doha

It was an ambush.
Fishing nations, led by Libya, ruthlessly voted down proposals to ban international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna at the meeting of 115 parties to the Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species this afternoon.

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Japan leading charge against bluefin ban (AP)

They want the trade regulated for the first time by CITES but not banned outright as demanded by conservationists who contend the Atlantic bluefin is on the brink of extinction.

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People pose with bluefin tuna (AP)

People pose for a souvenir photograph with a sushi chef and a bluefin tuna as they wait for a demonstration of slicing up the tuna outside a sushi restaurant at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan, Thursday, March 18, 2010. Opposition grew Wednesday against a proposal to ban the export of Atlantic bluefin tuna, with [...]

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