Press Call: Pew to Call for International Protections for Bluefin Tuna, Eight Species of Sharks

Date: March 3, 2010

Conference Call
901 E Street NW

Washington, DC 20004


On Wednesday, March 3 at 11 a.m. EST, the Pew Environment Group hosted a press call to discuss international trade restrictions proposed for iconic marine species at the upcoming Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) conference.

Listen to a recording (MP3) of the press briefing.

During this meeting, which takes place in Doha, Qatar from March 13 – 25, government delegates from almost 200 countries will vote on the fate of more than 40 over-exploited species including: Atlantic bluefin tuna, three species of hammerhead sharks, oceanic white tip, porbeagle, spiny dogfish, dusky and sandbar sharks.  

  • Susan Lieberman – director, international policy, Pew Environment Group, who has attended every CITES meeting since 1989 
  • Demian D. Chapman – assistant science director, Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, Stonybrook University, who has worked on genetic testing of shark fins to identify the species the fins came from, facilitating enforcement of a potential CITES listing in the shark fin markets of East Asia
  • Carl Safina – founder of the Blue Ocean Institute and former tuna fisherman who was involved with the Atlantic bluefin tuna proposal at the 1992 CITES meeting

When: Wednesday, March 3, 11 a.m. EST

What: Pew hosted a tele-press briefing to provide a preview of the upcoming CITES meeting and explain why it’s critical that the Obama administration and the international community support protective measures for bluefin tuna and eight species of sharks.

Listen to a recording (MP3) of the call. For position papers on tuna and shark proposals, CITES fact sheets and a report detailing the domestic U.S. economic impacts of a CITES Appendix I listing for bluefin tuna, go to

Broadcast quality b-roll of Atlantic bluefin tuna, scalloped hammerheads, oceanic whitetips, porbeagles and spiny dogfish is available upon request. Contact Dave Bard, 202.486.4426, or Dan Klotz, 347.307.2866.

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