^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ J. Michael Williamson Principal Investigator-WhaleNet <http://whale.wheelock.edu> Associate Professor-Science Wheelock College, 200 The Riverway, Boston, MA 02215 voice: 617.734.5200, ext. 256 fax: 617.734.8666, or 508.468.0073 "Wrinkles only go where smiles have been" Jimmy Buffett ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Mon, 16 Jun 97 11:58:00 GMT From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Subject: Japan a winner, loser at CITES Japan a winner, loser at CITES meeting HARARE, June 13 (UPI) -- An attempt by Japan to circumvent restrictions of the International Whaling Commission has been defeated at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Today's London Times reports that delegates at the 10th CITES meeting in Harare voted by a 51-to-27 count against Japan's proposal that the organization establish its own policies on whaling rather than simply following IWC guidelines. The IWC has maintained a moratorium on whaling for the past 11 years. However, Japan and other fishing nations were able to narrowly overcome a U.S. proposal for the establishment of a marine fish working group designed to protect over-exploited and endangered species by setting international controls on large-scale commercial fishing. The proposal was defeated by a single vote, 50-to-49. To resolve both issues, delegates resorted to secret ballots, which had been used only once before in CITES history. Under CITES guidelines, proposals need a two-thirds majority to pass. In the second week of the meeting, which opened on Monday, the conference is expected to debate proposals from Japan and Norway that CITES no longer consider three species of whales -- Bryde's whale, the Grey whale and the Minke whale -- as "critically endangered." Also, there is expected to be pressure for a secret ballot after a coming debate on a bid to relax the international ban on ivory trading. Currently with 139 member states, CITES holds its convention every three years. The 1994 meeting was in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.