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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!

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

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.

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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