A short post today to tell you about the long residency of an individual whale shark at the Ningaloo Reef feeding aggregation in Western Australia. These huge animals require an enormous amount of their planktonic food, and so they travel the seas between sites where rich food sources are … Read more about Stumpy Returns
For many years it was believed that there was a single species of manta ray distributed globally in the oceans, Manta birostris, the Giant manta ray. This was despite the fact that there is a significant range of manta size across different locations, and that some mantas appear to be migratory … Read more about Catching Some Rays in Mexico
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!
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!