Charles Clover

The bluefin disaster – if they needed our help why didn’t they ask? By: Charles Clover

So in short, if they had so little idea what they were doing, why on
Earth didn’t ministers and officials ask civil society for more help?
It is now time for Parliamentarians and Congressmen to press
these questions

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Japan backs closure of bluefin fishery – but not Cites listing. By Charles Clover in Doha

“We are concerned about the bluefin tuna. We were willing to have the suspension of Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery at ICCAT [last November] but it was the EU that opposed it.”

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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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Pictures from Doha

This gallery shows pictures taken at CITES by Charles Clover, from The End of the Line’s campaign to save the bluefin tuna: John Sellar, chief enforcement officer of CITES and former Scottish policeman. “I don’t know much about wildlife.  I’m a cop.” Jean Carlos Vasquez, the Cites spokesman. Doha, the souk. Yes, indeed, Doha has an [...]

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Appendix II equals business as usual and that’s bad. By Charles Clover from Doha, Qatar.

“In the case of Atlantic bluefin, whose trade is governed by the
International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas
(ICCAT), an Appendix II listing keeps the species management in the
hands of the treaty organization that has failed to set sustainable
catch levels and has no enforcement authority.”

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Japanese press say its government will struggle to vote down tuna trade ban; By Charles Clover from Doha/Qatar

Atsuchi Ishii, a Japanese academic and student of political science who is in Doha, said: “The Japanese Government’s position is totally irrational and against the economic interest of Japan. My hypothesis is that it can only be explained by resource nationalism and getting as much tuna as possible. Even though Japan has a new government, nobody wants to take responsibility for changing the course of traditional Japanese diplomacy on fisheries.”

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Charles Clover, From Doha

As expected, the bluefin is causing the most excitement, particularly in Japan, where some 80 per cent of the journalists booked to be here are from. Japan has a delegation of more than 50.

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Doha begins with threats and challenges‏. By: Charles Clover

This is the beginning of discussions which will decide the fate of 42 proposals over the next two weeks to restrict trade in species ranging from the polar bear to Mexican plants used in lipstick and, via the ever controversial big cats and ivory, to this year’s most controversial species, those caught in commercial fisheries, including several species of shark and the Atlantic BlueFin tuna.

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