Friday, February 22, 2013

Pew experts discuss protection for sharks and manta rays - Episode 1: Sharks' Big Hope

It’s big business, a big vote, and a big moment for sharks. 

The Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES, takes place in Bangkok, Thailand - March 3 to 14. Tune in to Oceans inc to keep up-to-date on the series of podcasts released in conjunction with this conference.

At this critical meeting, governments will debate adding five species of sharks and two species of manta rays to the treaty. A positive result will limit international trade of shark fin and meat and manta gill rakers and help reduce the threat of over fishing facing these species.

For nearly 40 years, CITES has shielded thousands of plants and animals from over-exploitation through international trade. This treaty is considered one of the best-enforced international conservation agreements. Pew experts highlight key issues under discussion and potential outcomes for this important meeting. Check back on Tuesdays and Thursdays for more episodes.

Episode 1: Sharks' Big Hope 

In the first installment, Lieberman explains which of the seven species advocates are seeking to protect at this year's conference and how the CITES treaty works to protect more than 30,000 endangered species. Listen to the podcast here.

ABOUT THE EXPERT Sue Lieberman Deputy Director, International Policy Susan Lieberman joined Pew in August 2009 as deputy director of International Policy. She leads an integrated program focused on treaties, regional fisheries management organizations and other intergovernmental organizations to achieve Pew’s marine conservation goals.

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