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Former Utne Reader senior editor Keith Goetzman on environmental issues from climate change to composting.

Bluefin Tuna Protections Shot Down

 by Keith Goetzman

Tags: Environment, wilderness and wildlife, endangered species, air and water, Atlantic bluefin tuna, Post Carbon, Grist, The End of the Line, Keith Goetzman,

Bluefin tuna in Japan

Countries meeting in Qatar this week to discuss endangered species have rejected a ban on international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna, whose numbers are plummeting toward oblivion. The vote at the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) meeting is a great disappointment for wildlife advocates.

A couple of weeks ago it appeared that Japan was the chief obstructionist on the bluefin issue—but the vote on a trade ban (20 in favor, 68 against) makes it clear that many countries tacitly agree with Japan’s position that a CITES listing is too much, too soon, despite the gravity of the fish’s situation. According to Juliet Eilperin on the Post Carbon blog at the Washington Post:

What are the chances of that? Tom Laskawy at Grist implies they’re slim to none in a post titled “Nations Now Free to Fish Bluefin Tuna to Extinction”:

I’m keeping an ear to the ground at the CITES meeting by reading the blog of journalist Charles Clover, whose book and the film it inspired, both titled The End of the Line, powerfully describe the bluefin tuna’s plight. Clover is at the CITES gathering and blogging daily on fishing issues.

 (Thanks, Civil Eats.)

Source: Post Carbon, Grist, The End of the Line Newsroom

Image by David Ooms, licensed under Creative Commons.