01/27/2011 - A headline-making UN scheme to preserve the world's sharks has been a resounding failure, according to a report on Thursday that pins the blame on Indonesia, India, Spain and Taiwan and 16 other major catchers of the fish.
"The fate of the world's sharks is in the hands of the Top 20 shark catchers, most of which have failed to demonstrate what, if anything, they are doing to save these imperiled species," said Glenn Sant of the British conservation group TRAFFIC.
"They need to take action to stop the decline in shark populations and help ensure that the list of species threatened by overfishing does not continue to grow."
The report, compiled jointly by TRAFFIC and the US Pew Environment Group, urges a far-reaching review next week when members of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) meet in Rome.
Read the full article UN Shark Conservation Plan Has Failed, Says Report on the FRANCE 24 Web site.