Yesterday the UN body charged with protecting the world’s endangered species, The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) strongly rejected an American call to ban the commercial fishing of the Blue Fin Tuna, which they claim is in serious decline, at a Doha Conference. Most countries at the conference argued it should be managed by the fising nations involved in this trade and that stocks are sustainable with the right managment.
Can we protect all species? Is it inevitable that same species will become extinct?
Greenpeace campaigner Oliver Knowles calls it a disaster.
With a single fish being sold for US$175,000 earlier this year, is their monetary value just too attractive commercially?
This blogger says it is.
Should we care?
The Japanese, who consume about 80% of all Atlantic Blue Fin Tuna caught, say it is an essential part of their cultural heritage to eat this fish in sushi.
Is it right for countries like the USA to ask the Japanese to change their diet to protect one fish?
Should culture and tradition be changed to help save endangered species?