WASHINGTON — Matt Rand, coordinator of the Shark Alliance and director of Global Shark Conservation for the Pew Environment Group, today issued the following statement on the record number of shark proposals submitted for consideration to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), an international treaty designed to prevent trade in endangered species and regulate trade in species at risk.
“Consumer demand for shark products is putting vulnerable species at risk of extinction. Tens of millions of sharks are killed annually for the shark fin trade alone, a rate that is unsustainable for many shark species.
Regulating international trade of threatened sharks is essential to ensure their long-term survival. By supporting the proposals put forward to CITES by the United States and the European Union, and cosponsored by Palau, governments can begin protecting these important species.”
Yesterday was the final day on which the 175 countries that are party to CITES could propose species to be listed for protection. The proposals will be considered at the next Conference of the Parties to CITES, March 13 – 25, 2010 in Doha, Qatar.
Sophie Hulme, +44 (0) 7973 712 869
Dan Klotz, 347-307-2866
The Shark Alliance is a coalition of 76 non-governmental organizations dedicated to restoring and conserving shark populations by improving shark conservation policy. The Shark Alliance was initiated and is coordinated by the Pew Environment Group, the conservation arm of the Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-governmental organization headquartered in the United States that applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improving public policy, informing the public and stimulating civic life.