Oceana at CITES

A team from Oceana is attending the conference of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Doha, Qatar from March 13-25, 2010.

CITES is an international agreement aimed at regulating international trade of endangered species within sustainable levels. This year bluefin tuna, red and pink corals and eight shark species have been proposed for protection under CITES.

Populations of bluefin tuna, the most valuable fish in the world, have been reduced by more than 80 percent. Shark populations are crashing around the world due to the global demand for shark fins; meanwhile, red and pink corals are exploited to supply international demand for jewelry and other products.

Oceana supports the listing of the proposed marine species in the CITES convention. By limiting their trade to sustainable levels, CITES can help the most vulnerable marine species now facing global threats from overfishing.

Regulating the international trade of bluefin tuna, coral and sharks is a key step in globally protecting these vulnerable species.

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