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.