bluefin tuna

“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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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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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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Amid tuna mania, Japan needs to ask itself what food traditions are worth protecting. By: Takao Yamada

“If Japan had been in close contact with the EU and the U.S., the ban proposal could have been nipped in the bud,” he says. “More than anything, I’m worried about the government’s functional decline.”

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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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Bluefin Tuna: Tragedy. By: Barry Estabrook

“The Atlantic blue fin tuna will not receive the protections of a suspension in international trade that it so desperately needs. The market for this fish is just too lucrative and the pressure from fishing interests too great, for enough governments to support a truly sustainable future for the fish.”

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