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Japan, 40 Marine World, 0. By: The Fisheries Secretariat from Norway

Observers drew parallels to the failed UN Climate meeting in Copenhagen and environmentalists declared the outcome a “tragedy of the oceans” as the CITES meeting in Doha ended with not one marine species proposed for protection being granted it.

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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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Commerce Trumps Science at CITES, Threatened Sharks and Bluefin TunaStill at Risk

Pew calls conference on global trade in endangered species a majordisappointment

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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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Fish deserve as much protection as rhinos and tigers. By: Frank Pope

Do the emotionless eyes of sea creatures leave our hearts cold?

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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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Politics of extinction. By: Sreeram Chaulia

The dilemma familiar since the Copenhagen disaster was played out again. Extinction-sceptics and commercial lobbies have prevailed by disputing science and rallying emotional fears. For environmentalists, the familiar ordeal now is to return to square one, mobilise public opinion in spoiler countries and alter the political balance so that dying species have a fighting chance to survive.

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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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