Https://www.facebook.com/touchedbyashark/videos/1474850109206188/ This documentary reaches into the lives of 5 men and how they were touched by a shark as they also describe the nature of a shark and the issues the shark faces in today's environment. Produced by Valeo Films Inc. for Rette den … Read more about Touched by a shark
The current issue of Ocean Geographic magazine has an article on the CITES CoP17 conference written by SRI Director of Science & Research Dr. Jennifer Schmidt. … Read more about CITES CoP17 Report
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 … Read more about Heartbreaking news about Rob Stewart
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 … Read more about Photographer Amos Nachoum donates for Shark Conservation
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 … Read more about Japanese NGO Joint Statement Regarding the IWC Meet 66 (Being held in Slovenia, October 20-28)
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 … Read more about A huge victory for sharks at CoP17!
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 … Read more about TRADE EXEMPTIONS FOR ELEPHANT IVORY BLOCKED, BUT MOVE TO APPENDIX I FAILS!
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 … Read more about SHARKS AND RAYS RECEIVE CITES APPENDIX II PROTECTION!
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 … Read more about AFRICAN GREY PARROTS PASS!
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 … Read more about CITES is a Conservation Organization…not a Trade Organization!
Time to see some real animals at the Lionsrock Lodge & Big Cat Sanctuary (http://www.lionsrock.org/). Back to work on Sunday. … Read more about CITES….is off for the weekend!
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 … Read more about Peregrine Falcon Downlisting Fails!