Arab League

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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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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Arab League opposed to all marine listings. By: Charles Clover in Doha

Sources close to the convention said that the League was concerned by the “socio-economic problems” that stopping trade with Japan would cause for fishermen along the North African coast.

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