The CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) convention opened in Doha Quatar today–and it’s likely to be an interesting one. An agreement on the listing of bluefin tuna is the big controversy that signatories are threatening to storm out over this time around–it’s always something, right?
It’s times like these that make me realize how lucky we are to have a cute, fuzzy sea otter to protect–a big bluefin is a harder sell on the cute factor, as Julie Packard points out in Will We Only Save the Cute? on the Huffington Post today; but there’s all sorts of reasons to preserve bluefin, a fish prized for sushi-grade cuts.
CITES has 175 signatory nations. In addition to the tuna controversy, the convention will address trade in highly endangered tiger products, sharks, polar bears, and other lesser known species. You can learn more about the Convention at their website www.cites.org , or check out the article at NPR.