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Sights on CITES: Dispatches from Doha

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.

The team is working to gain protections for bluefin tuna, red and pink corals and eight shark species.

They sent us these blog dispatches -- check 'em out, and don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, too.

1. En Route: Campaign director Dave Allison talks about his hopes en route to Doha.

2. Getting Started: Max Bello from Oceana Chile talks about his plans for the conference.

3. An Insider's Tour: Oceana shark scientist Rebecca Greenberg shows us the lay of the land.

4. Rough Day for Sharks: Oceana marine scientist Elizabeth Griffin reviews the day's shark-related turn of events.

5. Bad News for Bluefin: The proposed trade ban on bluefin tuna is defeated, to the consternation of marine conservationists everywhere.

6. Coral Fail: CITES fails to protect red and pink corals under Appendix II, as promised at the last CITES meeting.

7. Hope for Sharks: Oceana's Ann Schroeer takes an optimistic look at the upcoming shark proposals.

8. Shark Showdown: Elizabeth and Rebecca reflect on CITES' failure to protect 7 out of 8 proposed sharks under Appendix II, with the porbeagle shark being the one bright spot.

9. The Bitter End: With the last-minute reversal of the porbeagle conservation measure, CITES proves to be a total flop.