November 8, 2010

European Commission seeks stronger protection of bluefin tuna

The executive branch of the European Union has been striving for an agreement from member nations on quotas that would ensure the improved survival of large endangered ocean fish.

With species such as the bluefin tuna facing extinction, one goal is to achieve a unified position ahead of a meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) slated for November in Paris, France.

Meanwhile, conservation group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is calling for the establishment of no-fishing zones for bluefin tuna in six Mediterranean Sea regions, saying that without such actions, the species could be extinct as early as 2012.

In an interview with Supreme Master Television, Mayor René Vestri of Cape Ferrat in southeastern France expressed his concern for the plight of the bluefin tuna.

René Vestri Mayor of Cape Ferrat, France (M): Nowadays, the future of the bluefun tuna is threatened. I am sad to see that we did not take actions in Europe. We have not taken measures so that this bluefin tuna would be protected. Because there’s the economic aspect, I understand.

But when we see what happens and that they are an endangered species… anyway, we must respond.

VOICE: In addition to protective governmental policies, the importance of changing our lifestyles was also raised.

Ms. Collette Aupy, Assistant to Mayor Vestri of Cape Ferrat, France (F): When we realize that we destroy the planet, we can only become a vegetarian.

René Vestri, Mayor of Cape Ferrat, France (M): And this sea, it must be protected. Because for many, the sea is a surface, it is something on which we move. But the sea is a volume. This third dimension is actually a living volume, and it’s this life that must be protected, and if we can, enhance it further, maintain it.

VOICE: Our appreciation, Mayor Vestri, Madam Aupy, European Commission, World Wildlife Fund and all others for your concerned voices raised on behalf of marine life such as the bluefin tuna.

May our actions be swift in avoiding further devastation of the vital ocean ecosystems, with the priority being an animal-free diet.

As during a May 2009 videoconference in Togo, Supreme Master Ching Hai has frequently urged for the protection of vital marine co-inhabitants to save the planet.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: If we say that the ocean ecosystems are dependent on fish populations to be balanced, then those ecosystems are extremely imbalanced right now. Scientists estimate that more than 90% of the oceans’ big fish have disappeared over the last 50 years due to commercial fishing.

And from the oceans themselves, we are seeing other signs such as warming temperatures, rising sea levels, increasing acidification and terrible levels of pollution.

This is an equally urgent situation as the one presented by livestock industry, and it has the exact same solution. Stop eating the flesh; stop killing for food; stop eating the fish. This will help restore the balance of both the ocean and land, immediately.

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