Navigation Links
Statement by WCS president and CEO on historic CITES ruling

BANGKOK -- March 14, 2013 -- The following statement was issued today by WCS President and CEO Cristian Samper:

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) today celebrates the decision by an historic, broad group of nations from around the world to list five new sharks, freshwater sawfish, and two manta ray species for protection by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). This vote is a first, critical step in working to ensure that international trade does not threaten the survival of commercially valuable shark and ray species, a third of which have been evaluated as threatened or near threatened with extinction with extinction worldwide, and essential for both for conservation and for the livelihoods of local coastal communities. In working toward today's action, WCS has been pleased and fortunate to collaborate with a coalition that includes the German Elasmobranch Society, Humane Society International, Project AWARE, Shark Advocates International, and the Shark Trust, through support from Oceans 5.

We are especially grateful for the instrumental crucial support of western and central African countries, along with nations of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. These nations helped to tip the scales in favor of the sharks and rays. With their support, they will protect three hammerhead shark species, the porbeagle shark, the oceanic whitetip shark, freshwater sawfish, and two manta ray species. After two decades of debate, CITES action shows a new resolve by the global community to promote sustainable shark and ray fisheries with effective international monitoring. We salute this effort and pledge our support and assistance in the implementation of these essential new protections in waters world-wide.


Contact: Stephen sautner
Wildlife Conservation Society

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Planet under Pressure conference, London: Final statement
2. German National Academy of Sciences issues a critical statement on the use of bioenergy
3. American Meteorological Society releases revised climate change statement
4. President, CEO Leppävuori, VTT: Finland should create a national bioeconomy strategy
5. UCLAs Yi Tang receives Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from EPA
6. 3-V Biosciences Appoints Douglas I. Buckley, PhD, as Vice President of Biology
7. NASA Goddard scientist receives Presidential Early Career Award
8. ONR-funded young innovators recognized by President
9. President Obama honors MU researcher with National Medal of Science
10. Bluemetal Architects appoints David Le Penske as Vice President of Health & Life Sciences
11. FASEB joins President Obama in urging Congress to sustain investments in research and innovation
Post Your Comments:
(Date:9/29/2015)... excited to be named one of the first 100 IBM ... was recently made at an invite-only IBM Watson: Fueling ... , where iDAvatars presented a demo of its Intelligent ... is both an honor and a privilege to be one ... cognitive power of IBM Watson in our product, which empowers ...
(Date:9/28/2015)... -- According to a new market research ... & Others), Application (Access Control & Others), Industry (Travel ... Global - Forecast to 2020", published by MarketsandMarkets, the Iris ... by 2020, at a CAGR of 23.40% between 2015 ... T ables and 66 Figures spread ...
(Date:9/24/2015)... Publiceringsförbud fram till: ... Kerv ( ), det Londonbaserade ... första kontaktlösa betalningsring på i ett ... för massproduktion via crowdfunding.       ... Kerv-bärare kan göra direkta kontaktlösa betalningar ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... AxioMx ... that it has received a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant ... of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), will fund the development of a technique to ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... , October 13, 2015 ... and development company, has entered into a strategic relationship ... and Paris, France ... --> --> This collaborative arrangement gives ... respected scientific advisory team as well as long established ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... YORK , Oct. 13, 2015  According ... laboratory services will reach $102 billion by the ... part of the health industry, as it is ... a result of laboratory tests. In addition to ... performed to evaluate disease progression, monitor drug treatment ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... Exotic Automation ... handling solutions and components, is opening its latest Parker Store retail location in ... is Exotic’s second major expansion in Metropolitan Detroit in less than a year. ...
Breaking Biology Technology: