CITES conference at Qatar might change the maritime resources destiny
The 15th meeting of the conference of parties to CITES started its activities with the participation of representatives for more than 120 states from around the world in order to discuss major items related to the survival of complete species on the Planet.
This conference holds a great importance because it will discuss banning the trade of high commercial value species, such as Atlantic bluefin tuna who reached serious stages threatening its existence as a result of unsustainable harvest and huge revenues that it produces. For the first time, the conference will be held in an Arab country, adding a special importance to its activities for the region.
Therefore, this time a great number of civil society organizations from around the world will participate in the conference, among which a major team from IndyACT Arabia whose objective would be getting the approval on preserving bluefin tuna.
The Principality of Monaco has proposed the inclusion of Atlantic bluefin tuna, which is subject to unsustainable harvest in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea in order to meet the sushi market needs, in CITES Appendix I. This proposal was completely supported by the EU states, USA, Egypt, Norway and others.
The bluefin tuna issue is considered to be one of the most thorny issues on the agenda, for CITES agreement which is one of the most successful international environmental agreements might change the maritime resources management method and may succeed where other directly concerned agreements and organizations with maritime resources management have failed. Instead of managing maritime fishing operation which is a very hard and complicated issue difficult to implement, CITES solves the problem by effectively managing trade after fishing. And when it becomes difficult to sell fish subject to extinction, it will lose its commercial value and catching will decrease.
“The meeting success relies on the International Community support for the total banning of bluefin tuna trade, which will provide the commercial maritime resources that would collapse by 2015, with the chance to survive.” declared Soumar Dakduk, the CITES campaign regional coordinator at IndyACT.
The bluefin tuna can be found in great numbers at the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Its length might reach 4 meters and price 150 Thousand Euros. Moreover, it has magnificent and rare characteristics being the only fish having warm blood, in addition to its great speed, for it crosses the ocean within 60 days and may reach 700 Kg of weight.
“For the first time CITES conference will be held in an Arab country, therefore the Arab countries should unite their voices in order to save the Tuna” declared Wa’el Humaidan, IndyACT Executive Director. “It would be very unfortunate for this conference to fail and lose the opportunity of being a historical turn point for maritime resources protection which more than 1.5 billion people on the planet depend on.” he added.
The civil society organizations and IndyAct ask all governments to exhort all possible efforts to preserve the maritime wealth and ocean and seas biological diversity through supporting all proposals concerning Tuna, Sharks and Coral reefs presented during Qatar conference.
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