02/01/2010 - The demand for sushi, which is now a multibillion-dollar international business, has seen a huge increase; so has the demand for the freshest bluefin tuna, which threatens to endanger the species.
The plight of the King of Sushi, or the bluefin tuna, and other marine endangered species, among others, will be tackled during the 15th Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) happening here from March 13 to 25 – a first for the country, the Arab world and the Middle East region.
“This is one of the world’s largest treaties conventions on international trade… It will tackle the conservation treaty of species… and in this convention, we will focus on marine species: the bluefin tuna and the sharks,” said Susan Lieberman, PhD, director of international policy for the Pew Environment Group in the United States. Lieberman, in an interview with The Peninsula said, CITES has traditionally focused more on land-based species including elephants and tigers.
Read the full article Spotlight on Marine Species at Doha Meet on The Peninsula's Web site.