We reported a few days back that the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) was looking for a ban on Bluefin Tuna fishing. Both Japan and Canada were fighting the proposal backed by the U.S. and the UK – Sushi lovers will be pleased to know that the proposed ban has failed.
The proposed ban was not a popular one; it was defeated 68 votes to 20, showing that Canada, France and a list of many poor nations do have power when it is needed. They all stated that such a measure would have put an end to their fishing industry.
According to Japan Probe, for a total Bluefin Tuna ban there would have to be a vote of more than two-thirds in support. Japan would have been one of the county’s hardest hit if the ban had gone ahead – relying on Bluefin Tuna for their profitable Sushi industry.
Are you happy that the ban did not go ahead?