Japanese fish dealers applaud rejection of tuna ban
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese sushi lovers are relieved that a prized ingredient of sushi -- Atlantic bluefin tuna -- will not be hit with a trade ban.
A fish wholesaler at Tokyo's sprawling fish market says, "A lot of people depend on this fish for their livelihoods."
The ban was proposed at a U.N. meeting in Qatar (GUH'-tur), but got little support. Only 20 nations voted for it yesterday, and 68 nations against. Thirty others abstained.
Japanese fish dealers think a wiser approach is better enforcement of current quotas. But environmentalists say the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas has repeatedly failed to enforce catch limits, and that the quotas themselves are insufficient.
Japan consumes about 80 percent of the world's Atlantic bluefin tuna.
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