Another Reason (If You Needed One) Not to Eat Shark

Shark meat consumption is bad for sharks of course, millions of sharks are killed each year for the shark meat and fin trade, but it’s also bad for people.  I’ve written before about the way heavy metals and organic pollutants like PCBs concentrate in animals high up on the food chain.  Shark meat … Read more about Another Reason (If You Needed One) Not to Eat Shark

Stumpy Returns

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

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 … Read more about TRADE EXEMPTIONS FOR ELEPHANT IVORY BLOCKED, BUT MOVE TO APPENDIX I FAILS!

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 … Read more about CITES is a Conservation Organization…not a Trade Organization!