Yesterday evening saw a standing-room only presentation on how sharks can provide an ecotourism base that lifts rural communities in developing countries out of poverty, strengthens conservation within those communities, and instills resilience even in the face of natural disasters. “CITES, Sharks … Read more about Live from CITES CoP17, 9-28-16
The CITES membership today overwhelmingly passed Proposals #9-12 which give increased Appendix I protection to all species of Asian and African pangolins. These scaly, cryptic, nocturnal animals, which resemble anteaters but are actually related to carnivores, are the most heavily trafficked wild … Read more about PANGOLINS PASS!
Most media coverage of the threats elephants face from poaching focuses on African elephants. Asian elephants are threatened as well, however, and their overall numbers are much smaller. There may be as few as 30,000 Asian elephants remaining, compared to 400,000 African elephants. At the … Read more about Live from CITES CoP17, 9-27-16
SRI Director Marie Levine and I are in Johannesburg, South Africa at CoP17 (The 17th meeting of member nations of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna, a.k.a. CITES). The purpose of CITES is to ensure that international trade does not threaten the survival … Read more about Live From CITES CoP17, Johannesburg. South Africa
Sawfish: Kenya presented the proposal to include 5 species of sawfish, Anoxypristis cuspidate, Pristis clavata, P. pectinata, P. zijsron and P. pristis, in Appendices I and II. Australia, Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, the European Union, Fiji, IUCN, Senegal, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, IUCN and … Read more about CMS: Shark and Ray Proposals
Day 2: Achmat Hassiem, South Africa, who lost his foot to a shark (GSAF 2006.08.1) shared his experience as a member of Shark Attack Survivors for Shark Conservation group, urging delegates to establish protection for sharks and rays. Day 3: After listening to Achmat's support of shark … Read more about CMS – Days 2, 3, 4
CMS (also known as the Bonn Convention) is an intergovernmental treaty under the United Nations Environment Program that entered into force in 1983. The COP (Convention of Parties) meets every three years. Its objective is the conservation of terrestrial, avian and marine migratory species … Read more about News from CMS
In case you missed it - here is a terrific article about Clay Creswell On July 27, 1870, Giles Gordon was bathing in the ocean in Southport when a shark swam up and bit his foot. Gordon lost a toe but survived the attack. His story remained buried in historical records for more than a hundred … Read more about Pender County resident doubles as shark bite researcher
Valerie Elaine de la Valdene "Shark Girl", passed away on July 4, 2014. She is survived by her parents, her brother Johnny, sister-in-law Michelle and her nieces and nephews: JP-20, her god-daughter Brittany-17, Marc-15, Danielle-12, and Jacquelyn-12. Valerie had a deep a deep admiration for her … Read more about Valerie Elaine de la Valdene, 1966 – 2014
By Bruce Friedrich, published in the Huffington Post on July 1, 2014 Last week, the esteemed journal Animal Cognition published a review paper on fish that concludes, "fish perception and cognitive abilities often match or exceed other vertebrates." In fact, says fish scientist Dr. Culum Brown, … Read more about Fish Are Smart (And Of Course They Feel Pain!): An Interview With Dr. Culum Brown
See Something, Say Something! Contact Wildleaks if you spot shark finning, or trade in shark fins of endangered species. Wildleaks is an SRI partner WikiLeaks-style website yields 24 tip-offs including elephant poaching, tiger killing, illegal fishery and forest destruction. A new WikiLeaks-style … Read more about Wildleaks attracts major wildlife crime leads in first three months!
Millions of sharks on migration around Britain destined for shark fin soup. It is estimated that up to four million sharks, mainly blues and makos, are killed every year in the North Atlantic as fishermen target their migratory routes to and from British waters, reports the Plymouth Herald. It is … Read more about No limits – No Future!