"U.N. Rejects Export Ban on Atlantic Bluefin Tuna"

"Delegates at a United Nations conference on endangered species in Doha, Qatar, soundly defeated American-supported proposals on Thursday to ban international trade in bluefin tuna and to protect polar bears.

Atlantic and Mediterranean stocks of bluefin, a fish prized especially by Japanese sushi lovers for its fatty belly flesh, have been severely depleted by years of heavy commercial fishing, while polar bears are considered threatened by hunting and the loss of sea ice because of global warming. The United States tried unsuccessfully to persuade delegates to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or Cites, to provide strong international protection for the two species."

David Jolly and John M. Broder report for the New York Times March 18, 2010.

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"Japanese Fish Dealers Welcome Tuna Ban Rejection" (AP)

Source: NYTimes, 03/19/2010