Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities in Global Shark Conservation
May 2, 2013
Sharks are critical components of healthy marine ecosystems. However, they face rapidly growing pressures, including a vast and largely unregulated shark fin trade. As a result, shark populations worldwide are experiencing substantial declines and are increasingly faced with overexploitation and endangerment. International protections for sharks have lagged behind these population declines, but in a landmark decision on March 14, 2013, the parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) voted to extend protection to five of the most threatened species of shark that are harvested for their fins or meat. This decision represents a significant step forward for conserving shark populations threatened by international trade, but questions remain about whether additional regulation is needed in light of demand for shark products.
This panel convened government, nongovernmental, and fishing industry experts to discuss the implications of the March 2013 CITES decision, the current status of domestic and international shark protection efforts, and potential approaches to ensuring a long-term future for sharks.
- Laura Cimo, Policy Advisor, Office of International Affairs, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries
- Jeffrey Pike, Chief Executive Officer, Pike Associates
- Elizabeth Wilson, Manager, Global Shark Conservation, The Pew Charitable Trusts
- Jordan Diamond, Deputy Director, Ocean Program, Environmental Law Institute
- "Federal Rule Could Upend States' Shark Fin Bans" (AP, June 28, 2013)
- NMFS Proposed Rule: Implementation of the Shark Conservation Act of 2010 (May 2, 2013)
- Press Release: CITES CoP 16 Decisions (March 14, 2013)
This seminar is generously supported by
the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation and an anonymous donor.
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