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We are fast nearing the end of the 2010 ICCAT meeting in Paris. As some of you know, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) is an international body responsible for the conservation and management of tuna and related species, as well as species caught incidentally as bycatch in these fisheries, including sharks.

Our team of experts has been observing the meetings, and though ICCAT regulations don’t permit anyone to report on whats happening, there have been some interesting things going on this week that we thought we would share with you.

The countdown to ICCAT is coming up – for those of you who don’t know much about it, keep an eye on our blog this month, we’ll be sharing tidbits about the conference, the important issues at stake and the fate of some of our favorite marine animals: the bluefin tuna, the swordfish and the shark!

Bluefin is the critical issue at hand – if we don’t drastically reduce the amount of bluefin we take from the ocean, we’ll be kissing this majestic creature goodbye. We need your help – to spread the word.

Here’s how you can help:

1)      Check out our newly launched website here:

2)      Tuna-fy yourself by adding your face to the fight. Admit it! You’ve always wanted to see what you’d look like if you were a tuna fish.

3)      Spread the word to your via email, facebook and/or twitter!

On Tuesday this week, the European Union fisheries ministers met in Luxembourg to discuss their position for the upcoming meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) – they rejected the EU Executive arm’s proposal to cut the Bluefin tuna quota for 2011.

The Biodiversity Summit in Japan is kicking off week 2 and we thought we’d give you a recap with some highlights and news stories from last week.

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity released a report highlighted the enourmous (but necessary) cost of altering the global economy to put value on forests, reefs and other elements of nature. It recommended that businesses and governments should report their damaging impact on the environment and provide financial compensation for it.

Today, delegates from over 190 nations are converging at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in Nagoya, Japan. For 2 weeks, they will be discussing ways to curb the erosion of biodiversity on the planet.

Ryo Matsumoto, Japan's Environment Minister said "we are now close to a 'tipping point' - that is, we are about to reach a threshold beyond which biodiversity loss will become irreversible”

The Census of Marine Life, the results of which were presented this week, was an incredible effort that took 2700 scientists from 80 nations over ten years (and 9000 days at sea!) to complete. This project, which also included the participation of more than 600 institutions, including the World Register of Marine Species, is one of the best examples of scientific collaboration.