The next opportunity for countries to revisit this issue will take place March 3, 2013, in Bangkok. Libya has a chance at this meeting to shake off its former reputation. And I, for one, am damned curious to see whether the national democracy that is promised by the end of this year will be one that embraces new environmental leadership for the region, or whether it will hide behind economic fears in a pursuit to retain dangerously unsustainable methods that, in the end, make no economic sense.
In the meantime, it is critical that the United States government, through the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, fulfill its promise to revisit its decision last year to label Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) as only a species of concern, instead of giving it the graver and more serious "endangered" listing.
"NOAA has committed to revisit this decision by early 2013," the agency reports. That process is now in the works. But as the head of NOAA discusses the state of bluefin tuna and the problems with illegal fishing with the European Parliament in Brussels this week, pirate fishing fleets in the Mediterranean are making a mockery of enforcement measures.