US backed proposals to ban export of bluefin tuna was rejected Thursday as was a proposal to protect polar bears.
Several Arab countries joined Japan in opposition to ban export of Atlantic bluefin tuna.
The tiny Pacific nation is fighting to protect more than 130 species fighting extinction in the Pacific Ocean.
Sweeping changes could affect the United States' management of oceans, including offshore energy development.
Melting ice caps are exposing more of the Arctic Ocean than ever before. The US moves to halt fishing in the newly ice-free zones even before a fishing industry blossoms there.
It shows catch quotas, ocean zoning, and different fishing gear is helping to restore fisheries and their ecosystems.
In the post-Bush era, the major industrial nations meeting this week face pressure to set firm temperature and emission-reduction goals.
Accomplished and outspoken, they’re likely to tackle climate change head-on.