Lobbying by U.S., Canada, and Japan, forced Sweden to accept compromise
50% reduction in catch
Why did efforts fail?
1. Lack of commitment by Commission
conflicts of interest - some work for seafood industry
2. Quota problem - number not percent
3. Lack of international support
4. Non-member nations
Tuna ban 'justified' by science By Richard Black 29 October 2009 Banning trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna is justified by the extent of their decline, an analysis by scientists advising fisheries regulators suggests. The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas' (ICCAT) advisers said stocks are probably less than 15% of their original size. For a number of years, ICCAT has set quotas higher than scientists' recommendations. The pressure this puts on stocks has been compounded by illegal fishing for this valuable species, which according to some estimates adds 30% to the official quota.
Bluefin tuna trade ban gains European Union backing By Richard Black 10 March 2010 EU nations have decided to support a ban on international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna until stocks recover. The bloc has agreed to back a motion for a ban during next week's meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The US has already given its support, but Japan - where most bluefin is eaten - may opt out of CITES controls. The EU is backing exemptions for traditional fishers, and deferring the ban for a year.
Bluefin tuna ban proposal meets rejection By Richard Black 18 March 2010 A proposal to ban international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna, which is a sushi mainstay in Japan, has been rejected by a UN wildlife meeting. Thursday's decision occurred after Japan, Canada and many poor nations opposed the measure on the grounds it would devastate fishing economies. Stocks have fallen by about 85% since the industrial fishing era began. "Welcome to the strange world of globalisation."
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