Pew to Host Press Call Previewing Crucial Meeting on Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, Sharks

Date: November 11, 2010

Location:
Conference Call
901 E Street, NW

Washington, DC 20004

Description:

On Thursday, November 11 at 10 a.m. EST, the Pew Environment Group will host a tele-briefing to discuss how illegal fishing, “crystal ball” management and chronic overfishing continue to threaten the sustainability of Atlantic bluefin and several species of sharks.

This call will prepare journalists for an upcoming meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), a fisheries body that manages approximately 30 species of fish – including bluefin tuna and sharks – caught in the Atlantic Ocean. ICCAT will meet in Paris, France from November 17-27 to consider various measures to protect severely depleted Atlantic bluefin and threatened sharks and take measures to stop illegal fishing. Speakers will explain why ICCAT member countries must take immediate action to rebuild populations of some of the most remarkable fish in the sea.

WHAT:
Press call to provide an overview of this year’s ICCAT meeting and the importance of protecting Atlantic bluefin tuna and sharks

WHEN:
Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 10 a.m. EST

WHO:
• Dr. Susan Lieberman – director, International Policy, Pew Environment Group (moderator)
• Matt Rand – director, Global Shark Conservation, Pew Environment Group
• Rob Kramer – president, International Game Fish Association
• Dr. Andre Boustany – postdoctoral researcher, Duke University

CALL LOGISTICS:
• NUMBERS:  800.247.5110 (U.S.); 334.323.7224 (INTERNATIONAL)
• PASSWORD: fish

CONTACT:
Dave Bard, 202.778.4551 (office), 202.486.4426 (cell), dbard@pewtrusts.org 

This call is for credentialed press only. A recording of this call will be posted to pewenvironment.org/ICCAT approximately 3 hours after the call. Broadcast quality, high-definition b-roll of Atlantic bluefin tuna, oceanic whitetip and shortfin mako sharks is also available at that web site.

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