Press Call Discussing International Protections for Bluefin Tuna and Eight Species of Sharks


03/03/2010 - 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. 
 
Who:    

  • 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
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 www.pewenvironment.org/CITES.

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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