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  • CITES: A tragedy for the oceans


    Date: March 25, 2010

    Today it’s all about last-day expectations. All important discussions have been put off for today’s plenary. The reopening of the bluefin tuna, sharks and corals debates will depend upon the support of the parties. Today we may obtain more protection for more species… or be doomed to lose them.

    Finally CITES failed to ban the international trade of Atlantic bluefin tuna and implement international trade regulations for eight shark species and 31 species of red and pink coral, all of which are essential to the oceans, livelihoods and local economies. A tragedy for the Oceans.

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  • CITES: Proposal to protect porbeagle was agreed!


    Date: March 23, 2010

    Today all four shark proposals were debated. Unfortunately, only one was approved. The proposals to protect hammerhead sharks, oceanic whitetips and the spurdog were rejected. The good news is that the proposal to protect the porbeagle was agreed! This is a large, migratory and warm blooded shark. It´s meat is heavily consumed in Europe. The CITES listing (in Appendix II) means that the species traded will only come from sustianable and healthy populatons.

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  • CITES: Sharks maybe?


    Date: March 22, 2010

    Tomorrow proposals for protection of 8 shark species will be discussed. We are very excited cause it seems that there is a will to reach an agreement. Some fishing countries, like Spain, seem to be in favour of these proposals and everyone, including countries envolved in shark fisheries and trade, aknowledge that there is a problem.

    Anne Schroeer Talks about Upcoming Shark Decisions.

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  • CITES: Bad day for corals


    Date: March 21, 2010

    This morning, Sunday, we were back to work. The EU finally organized a coordination meeting wiht the NGOs, thanks pushing by our colleague from the office in Brussels! We didn´t get much information out of it. Bluefin didn´t get discussed at all, sharks were all good since the EU supports all proposals, and the same for corals.

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  • CITES: Out at sea


    Date: March 20, 2010

    Last evening we went on a boat ride on a traditional wooden fishing boat. Well, the boat was so traditional that the motors broke and we were out at sea, drifting away, for a while before they got fixed. We finally ended up back at port, safe and sound!

    Today we went to a delgate dinner. All the delegations there with lots of food... But since we are in a muslim contry, there was no alcohol. One of our colleagues sat down at a table wiht the Lybian and Japanese delegates!

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  • CITES: There got to be a solution


    Date: March 19, 2010

    Friday 19 March

    Despite the European proposal for the protection of bluefin tuna's defeat, not everything is lost yet. There is still a little possibility to which we'll hold tight. Today is a day for praying so there'll be no meetings. We'll take this opportunity to go out for a walk and clear up our minds. There got to be a solution.

    CITES Update about Bluefin Tuna by María José Cornax

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  • CITES: Bluefin tuna trade ban defeated


    Date: March 18, 2010

    Breaking news out of Doha: a trade ban on bluefin tuna (Appendix I listing) has been defeated. Although there were repeated calls from delegates from the E.U., U.S. and Monaco to allow time for parties to meet and arrive at a compromise position, a Libya delegate forced a preemptory vote on the E.U. proposal, which resulted in a 43 to 72 vote, with 14 abstaining. Monaco’s proposal obtained 20 to 68 and 30 abstaining.

    The decision could spell the beginning of the end for the tigers of the sea.

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  • CITES: It's warm...


    Date: March 16, 2010

    Sun is burning hot in the outdoors, but we barely feel it. We haven’t gone to the streets yet, all the work happens at the convention hotel, we have no time to see the daylight; as a matter of fact it could actually be an advantage.

    Follow the shark negotiation with Elizabeth Griffin

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  • CITES: On the spot


    Date: March 15, 2010

    Today is Monday and we start working “on the spot”. We thought we’re going to find known faces from the ICCAT meeting, and we’re right. Even though CITES is a conservation-oriented meeting, this year the presence and interference of the fishing industry is going to be stronger than ever because of the importance of the issues herein discussed. But we got a great team. We are ready for it!

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  • CITES: Hi from Doha!


    Date: March 14, 2010

    Hi everybody! Sorry for not writing before but with all the travel rush we just didn’t have a minute to do it. We finally made it to Doha! We arrived on Sunday night to attend the CITES meeting. From the taxi cab we could see a scenario of lights and anarchic skyscrapers which made the sky turn in orange color. Not too cozy, actually. However, this feeling changed right when we met our colleagues at the hotel. No matter where we are, we have a bunch of things to do, and we have to make it worth it.

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