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
by Patrick Nason For the past six months I have been living with Shark Callers on the tropical island of New Ireland, five hundred miles east of mainland Papua New Guinea. My home in Tembin village rests on the volcanic shores of the Bismarck Sea, the site of Dennis … Read more about The Shark Callers of Papua New Guinea
The genus Mollisquama describes a group of animals known as pocket sharks, so named for a small opening - the “pocket gland” - that lies just above the pectoral fins. While scientists have long presumed that there are multiple species of pocket shark, only a single animal has ever been described! … Read more about Is that a shark in your pocket….?
The reproductive organs of male chondrichthyans (sharks, rays, skates) are called claspers, paired structures that are inserted into the female to achieve internal fertilization. Claspers originate from the medial (inner) surfaces of the pectoral fins of male sharks, and immature claspers are … Read more about How to Make a Boy Shark
I have long been interested in sperm storage in a variety of species, a technique that allows female animals to separate mating and gestation. There is evidence for sperm storage in animals ranging from insects to mammals. This can be advantageous to females in a number of situations, for example … Read more about Long-Term Sperm Storage in Bamboo Sharks
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
Research into the biology and ecology of the whale shark has increased dramatically over the past 15 years, but our understanding of much of the life cycle of these animals is still lacking. In particular, little is known about their reproduction and the early life of young whale sharks. Mating … Read more about A Rare Find