Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all the international conferences going on that affect the issues we care about. ICCAT came to a close on the 27th – with terribly disappointing results for bluefin and swordfish, and relatively positive results for sharks – and today, COP16, the annual climate change conference, begins.
We are fast nearing the end of the 2010 ICCAT meeting in Paris. As some of you know, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) is an international body responsible for the conservation and management of tuna and related species, as well as species caught incidentally as bycatch in these fisheries, including sharks.
Our team of experts has been observing the meetings, and though ICCAT regulations don’t permit anyone to report on whats happening, there have been some interesting things going on this week that we thought we would share with you.
The countdown to ICCAT is coming up – for those of you who don’t know much about it, keep an eye on our blog this month, we’ll be sharing tidbits about the conference, the important issues at stake and the fate of some of our favorite marine animals: the bluefin tuna, the swordfish and the shark!
Bluefin is the critical issue at hand – if we don’t drastically reduce the amount of bluefin we take from the ocean, we’ll be kissing this majestic creature goodbye. We need your help – to spread the word.
Here’s how you can help:
1) Check out our newly launched website here: www.stoptunablues.org
2) Tuna-fy yourself by adding your face to the fight. Admit it! You’ve always wanted to see what you’d look like if you were a tuna fish.
3) Spread the word to your via email, facebook and/or twitter!
On Tuesday this week, the European Union fisheries ministers met in Luxembourg to discuss their position for the upcoming meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) – they rejected the EU Executive arm’s proposal to cut the Bluefin tuna quota for 2011.