# Thursday, 25 March 2010

Environmental groups looking to make bluefin tuna a protected species have been disappointed as the UN has failed to add it to a list of protected species. Recent talks have rejected calls to a ban in international trade raising fears about the future of fish stocks. The proposal met with much resistance from countries such as Japan which opposed it fearing it would hit fishing communities. It makes you wonder, however, what will happen to those same communities when they are no more of the fish left to catch. In all 72 out of 129 members voted against the trade ban and 43 voted in favour, with 14 abstentions.