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Heartbreaking news about Rob Stewart

We are heartbroken to report the death of SRI Advisory Board member Rob Stewart. Last Tuesday (January 31st), Rob and a group of friends were diving six miles off Islamorada, Florida, on the wreck of the Queen of Nassau in 225 feet of water. Rob was using a rebreather while shooting footage for his next movie: Sharkwater: Extinction. Rob and his buddy surfaced around 5:15 pm. His buddy got onto the dive boat and passed out. When the boat crew went to retrieve Rob, he had disappeared. A massive … [Read more...]

Photographer Amos Nachoum donates for Shark Conservation

Famed wildlife photographer Amos Nachoum donated a print of this award-winning image to the Shark Research Institute's Winter Auction to raise funds for shark conservation. The print sold for $1,000! Amos encourages other photographers to join him in supporting shark conservation with similar donations. About Amos Nachoum President of BigAnimals Expeditions, but first and foremost an explorer and a guide. Over the years, he’s had the honor of leading many great expeditions for individual … [Read more...]

Japanese NGO Joint Statement Regarding the IWC Meet 66 (Being held in Slovenia, October 20-28)

Statement translated from the original Japanese To: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Yuji Yamamoto, Director-General of Fisheries Agency Kazuo Sato We, Iruka & Kujira (Dolphin & Whale) Action Network, Greenpeace Japan and a collective of Japanese NGOs, request the Government of Japan to undertake the following: 1. Respect past resolutions adopted by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the ruling of the International Court of Justice … [Read more...]

A huge victory for sharks at CoP17!

Well, CITES is over....all shark and ray proposals were ratified without challenge. A huge victory for sharks at CoP17! Other proposals we’ve championed - the movement of all pangolin species to Appendix I, blocking all trade in African grey parrots, the failure to reopen ivory markets in Namibia and Zimbabwe - were also ratified. Your SRI representatives (http://www.sharks.org/), along with folks from Sea Save (http://seasave.org/), Aquameridian (http://www.aqua-m.org/), Pretoma … [Read more...]

TRADE EXEMPTIONS FOR ELEPHANT IVORY BLOCKED, BUT MOVE TO APPENDIX I FAILS!

In a packed conference room yesterday, the CITES membership voted to continue to protect the African elephant and limit future trade in elephant ivory, but voting failed to move all remaining elephant populations to CITES Appendix I. Three proposals were introduced at CoP17 concerning trade in elephant products. Proposals #14 and #15 were introduced by Namibia and Zimbabwe, respectively, asking to exempt their countries from existing CITES restrictions on trade in ivory stockpiles and live … [Read more...]

SHARKS AND RAYS RECEIVE CITES APPENDIX II PROTECTION!

Live from CITES CoP17, 10-3-16 CITES voted today on proposals to list silky sharks, all three species of thresher sharks and all nine species of mobula rays on Appendix II.  Silky and thresher sharks have shown declines of between 70 and 80% across their ranges, with local declines of more than 90%.  Mobula rays are declining as well, and have become more heavily targeted since manta rays received CITES protection in 2013.  All three species are wide-ranging with a global distribution, and … [Read more...]

AFRICAN GREY PARROTS PASS!

This morning saw a highly contentious nearly two hour discussion of CITES Proposal #19, to move African grey parrots from the limited trade protection of Appendix II, to the full trade ban of Appendix I.  Voting under a secret ballot requested by Kuwait (which can be called for by a group of at least 10 countries, and is often requested when countries hope to vote without undue influence from trade partners or neighbors) the uplisting of African grey parrots to CITES Appendix I passed 95 votes … [Read more...]

CITES is a Conservation Organization…not a Trade Organization!

SRI wanted to share this excellent opinion from José Truda Palazzo from the NGO Divers for Sharks, which was intended to remind delegates that the goal of CITES is to protect species by regulating trade, not to protect trade by the manner in which species are regulated.  (It is posted here as written and in its entirety.)   CITES, Species and Livelihoods – Time to Regain Ground for Conservation Which Benefits People & Biodiversity José Truda Palazzo, Jr. [1] The 17th … [Read more...]

CITES….is off for the weekend!

Time to see some real animals at the Lionsrock Lodge & Big Cat Sanctuary (http://www.lionsrock.org/).  Back to work on Sunday.   … [Read more...]

Peregrine Falcon Downlisting Fails!

After much discussion, voting at the CITES conference today opposed the downlisting of Peregrine falcons from the stringent regulation of Appendix I to Appendix II, which allows limited trade in the species.  Downlisting of a species can be a good thing, and in fact is the goal of conservation science as populations recover.  Peregrine falcons were significantly impacted by DDT poisoning in the 1950s and 60s, with additional impacts from habitat loss.  Peregrine falcon recovery since then has … [Read more...]