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Greenpeace acusa a CITES de permitir la extinción de las especies

Los gobiernos han antepuesto los intereses económicos a la conservación de especies en peligro de extinción.

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Japanese sushi offensive sinks bid to protect sharks and bluefin tuna

Global conference to protect endangered species pronounced ‘disaster’ by conservation groups after aggressive lobbying.

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CITES: Murky waters for marine conservation. By: Richard Black

It’s worth recalling that the countries and campaign groups arguing for bans on tuna and shark trading through CITES were doing so only because Iccat and its fellows have so signally failed to live up to their mandates of conserving the stocks, year after year.

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Fishy business. How the elephants’ success hurt the bluefin tuna.

This year at its meeting in Doha, everything changed. Seemingly alarmed by the large number of proposals to list marine species, Japan turned up in force. Japan’s 30-strong delegation was as big as the one from America. And thanks to its “capacity building” efforts—in other words, providing finance for projects in developing countries—Japan was also able to fly in a dozen or so fisheries ministers, mostly from Africa, to ensure their participation—and, no doubt, their votes.

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“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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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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