03/05/2010 - This week, environmental groups hailed as a major victory news that the United States has come out in support of protecting endangered Atlantic bluefin tuna under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). "The Obama administration's decision to support a CITES Appendix I listing of Atlantic bluefin tuna could be a real game changer for the species," said Susan Lieberman, director of international policy at the Pew Environmental Group.
A CITES Appendix I listing would ban international trade in bluefins, most of which are now imported by Japan. The final decision will be announced when representatives of the Convention's 175 signatory countries meet in Doha, Qatar, between March 13 and 25.
But the same environmentalists are hoping the upcoming CITES meeting will address concerns about eight shark species that haven't received the media attention lavished on the high-profile bluefin—but which, in some cases, hover even closer to extinction.
Read the full article Sharks: From Hunters to Hunted, and Overfished on The Atlantic's Web site.