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!
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
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